Squash - Heirloom Winter
Del Rio Botanicals, the Produce Express Farm is once again offering many varieties of heirloom winter squashes to our restaurant customers. Most of us are quite familiar with the standard varieties of winter squash-Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Banana, Kabocha and Pumpkins. The winter squashes from Del Rio represent an effort to reintroduce, showcase and thus preserve these heirloom varieties. Del Rio winter squash vary in size, shape, weight and flavor and are meant to be used in the same manner as the more traditional varieties-in salads, soups and appetizers, roasted, baked or pureed as a starch or vegetable accompanying an entree- basically, anyway you would use butternut squash. Using butternut squash as a benchmark, the flavor of these squashes are different. Consider butternut squash to be sweet and sugary-the heirloom squashes have distinctive flavors with varying degrees of sugar, starch and texture. The easiest way to deal with Del Rio winter squash is to order a 20-40 pound case of a particular variety and start cooking.