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Turban Squash

Dec 30, 2016


 
Availability and Origin:

From Mexico to the United States, these squash are available from the late summer through the winter.  

Appearance and Flavor:

This colorful squash's greens, oranges and yellows tend to look like a painter's drop cloth after a masterpiece is created.
The flesh is very fine and it ranges from mild to sweet. The American Turban is known as the most flavorful variety.
 

Storage:

When whole, store your squash in a cool, dry place for no longer than 90 days.
Cut up, it should be refrigerated in an air-tight container and it may last up to a week. 
 

Ways to Enjoy:

These eye-catchers are primarily used in ornamental displays. However, they can be pureed, stuffed, or added to soups as well.
They are quite challenging to cut so be patient, as can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
If you're up to it, here is a video on how to cut up Turban Squash. CuttingTurbanSquash
For something new to try, check out this recipe for stuffed squash. StuffedTurbanSquash

 History Lesson:

The squash was first mentioned in a French publication in 1818, but the French Turban variety is said to pre-date that year.
However, it had a poor eating quality. Its name came from the appearance of the blossom end that resembles a turban.

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