Turban Squash

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BASIC INFO

Names: Turk’s Turban • Mexican Hat • Giraumon • Marina di Chioggia

About: Probably one of the funkiest foods to date, Turban Squash is an heirloom gourd that resembles…well a turban! It’s irregular shape and bright red, green, and white colors make it a popular choice for autumn decor as well as a show stopping vessel for dips, soup, or stuffing. The skin is inedible, but the flesh is delicious when steamed or roasted. Steer away from sweet applications, it’s mild flavor won’t come out in desserts.

Origin: Central and North America

In Season: late summer through winter

Uses: soups • stews • sauces • dips • chili • stir-fry • leafy salads • grain salads

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HEALTH INFO

Nutrition: vitamin A • vitamin C • calcium • fiber • potassium

Calories: 76 per 1 cup cubed and baked

Replaces: other winter squashes

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WHERE TO FIND

Store: specialty grocers and farmers markets (surprisingly, I found mine at Stop & Shop)

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HOW TO STORE

Store whole and uncut in a cool, dry place for 1-2 months. Once cut, wrap the pieces in plastic and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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TASTE & TEXTURE

  • nutty, a little like hazelnut
  • mild, not too sweet
  • soft and smooth
  • moist, but not soggy

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~*~ RECIPES ~*~

Bread & Cheese Stuffed Turban Squash

Turban Squash Soup

 

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