About Delicata SquashEditDelicata squash (Cucurbita pepo) is a variety of winter squash that possesses distinct vertical green stripes on a yellow or cream colored background and has sweet, orange-yellow flesh. It is also known as the peanut, Bohemian or sweet potato squash. Despite being considered a winter squash, it is in the same family as all the summer squashes (including pattypan squash, zucchini and yellow crookneck squash).
Delicata squash is not as beta-carotene rich as other winter squashes but it is an excellent source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamin B and C, magnesium and manganese.
Delicata squash is most commonly baked but can also be eaten microwaved, sautéed or steamed. It can be stuffed with meat or vegetable fillings. The seeds can be roasted and consumed like pumpkin seeds. Delicata squashes do not keep well, so be sure to use them as soon as possible after purchase.