Ok, it’s a Delicata squash and not a sweet potato. But it is also known as the sweet potato squash because when cooked it has a sweet, nutty flavor with a fine-grained texture and a light orange color. And best of all, it can be grown in short season climates like here in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Like other summer squash, sow the seeds directly in garden in late spring after weather has warmed and the danger of frost has passed. Grow it in a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil just like any other squash. But with the Delicata, it can be harvested and enjoyed early as a summer squash, or picked late in the season as a mature winter squash. For winter storage, gather it before the first fall frost leaving part of stem attached and store it in a cool dry place.
The Delicata is best enjoyed as a winter squash for its baked texture and flavor. To do this, slice the uncooked Delicata lengthwise down the center. It has a tough, hard skin, so use caution when cutting through it with a knife. Then, use a sturdy spoon to scoop out the seeds . Next, place on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish with the cut side down.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until squash is soft but not mushy. Remove from oven. Add some butter and enjoy. Tastes just like sweet potatoes.