Cricklewood’s Squash

At Cricklewood Farm we grow eleven different varieties of winter squash varying in size, flavour, storage and ways to be prepared. The season for winter squash usually begins around early to mid-September.  Available through our market — check out our hours here!

Squash has a wonderful mellow, sweet, nutty flavour. It is a versatile vegetable which can be steamed, baked, mashed, and roasted.

 

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Turban Squash

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Hubbard Squash

Turban and spaghetti squash
A wild variety!

Our squashes are no less varied and flavourful – one of our customers still comes here all the way from BC for our autumn harvest!

The flesh of different varieties can be dry or moist or stringy. Squash will store best at temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cushaw squash

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Cushaw Squash
Weighs from 4 to 10 lbs. Rind is thin, smooth and easily peeled. Taste is similar to pumpkin -slightly sweet. Stores 2- 3 months. Can steam, roast, or bake. Excellent for making pies.

Turban Squash

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Turban Squash
Weighs from 1 to 3 lbs. Dry flesh, with a slightly sweet hazelnut flavour. Popular as harvest ornament. Can remove top and fill with soup or stuff with rice/meat mixture. Can cut into chunky slices, remove seeds and add to roasting meat about 40 min before serving. Stores up to 3 months.

Acorn or Pepper Squash

Mouth-wateringly ready
Weighs from 1 to 3 lbs Flesh is mild to sweet, fairly moist, has almost no fibres, and has a nice nutty flavour. Stores up to 2 months. Higher in calcium than other squashes. Most commonly baked whole or halved at 350 for 1 hour, but can also be micro waved, saut ed, and steamed.

Banana

Weighs around 10 to 12 lbs. Smooth, thin skin, easily peeled. Thick, firm, dry, creamy textured flesh. Very sweet with a slightly fruity flavour. Stores 2 to 4 months Excellent for pies, baking and canning. Can bake, steam or microwave.

Buttercup Squash

Sweet, dry, smooth, free of stringiness and firm with a rich nutty flavour. Weight varies according to type grown, from 1 to 4 lbs. Stores up to 3 months. High sugar content. Less starch than most varieties of squash. Microwave- pierce skin if cooking whole 10 to 15 minutes: or bake 350 in oven when halved for about 1 hr.

Butternut

Sweet, nutty flavour similar to pumpkin or sweet potato. Moist, fine textured flesh with no fibres. Weighs 2 to 5 lbs. Stores up to 3 months. Rind is thin enough to peel off with vegetable peeler. Can be baked, mashed and is often used to make soup.

Delicata

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Delicata Squash
Sweet, nutty flavor with a creamy, smooth texture. Average weight of 1 to 2 lbs. Stores for up to 5 months. Also known as potato squash, sweet potato squash or Bohemian squash. Can be baked or steamed and served as a side dish seasoned with butter and herbs.

Hubbard

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Hubbard Squash
Tapered at one or both ends. Thick, bumpy skin. Fine-grained, dense, very moist, flesh (longer cooking time because of moistness of flesh) Weight varies widely with type -3 to 30 lbs. Good flavour. Can be peeled and boiled, cut up and roasted, or cut small and steamed or saut ed. Mash with butter, herbs and spices or brown sugar. Perfect for pies. Stores up to 6 months.

Kabocha

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Kabosha Grey Ghost
Shape is similar to buttercup but lacks the cup on the blossom end. Hard, thick skin. Semi-firm, dense, flesh. Rich, sweet flavour similar to sweet potato. Excellent storing 4 to 6 months. Can be baked, braised, pureed, stuffed or steamed.

(We have both Grey Ghost, pictured here, and Sweet Mama, not shown.)

Spaghetti

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Spaghetti
Rind is hard and smooth. Colour ranges from ivory to yellow or orange or green with white streaks. When cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti. Has a slight sweetness and if not overcooked, is crunchy and watery. Can be stored for up to 2 months. Can be baked, boiled or steamed, and served with sauce as for pasta. Freezes well when cooked – partially thaw, then steam until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes

Sweet Dumpling

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Sweet Dumpling
Hard, cream coloured skin with dark, green stripes. Dry, fine grained flesh. Each squash can weigh up to 1 lb and contains enough flesh to serve 1 to 2 people. Honey-sweet flavour similar to sweet potato. Stores up to 3 months. Microwave, bake whole or cut off tops, scoop out seeds, add spice and butter and bake; put tops back on for presentation on each person’s plate.