Acorn Squash are usually 2-3 pounds in size with an edible skin that ranges from dark green to orange. These are a great all purpose squash with a bright orange flesh that has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor.
Choose acorn squash that have a firm exterior, are free from soft spots and blemishes, and feel heavy for their size. Store them in a cool, dry place and they will keep for at least one month. These squash are great roasted in halves and stuffed.
Butternut squash are an oblong shape with a creamy beige exterior color and a bright orange interior with few seeds. Depending on how you cook the squash, the rind is edible. These also are a great all purpose squash with a buttery flavor, it is the sweetest of the winter squash.
Look for squash that's firm, heavy for its size, and free of cracks and soft spots. Butternut squash is extremely versatile. It's perfect for roasting and sautéing, or making a smooth purée or soup.
This small cylindrical shaped squash is incredibly fast and easy to cook, it has a multi colored edible rind and a creamy orange interior.
Choose squash free from soft spots and blemishes. Store in a cool dark area fro up to a month. This squash is also known as the sweet potato squash as they have a very similar flavor. Try roasting them in rounds, steaming or sautéed.
Carnival squash is a hybrid of sweet dumpling squash and acorn squash. It has a very pretty multi-colored exterior making it a nice fall decoration, but the interior is also quite delicious!
Carnival squash is nutty and sweet much like acorn and butternut squash. It is creamy and more moist than other varieties after cooking. Halve and roast like an corn squash.