Not the most appetizing looking thing we’ve ever seen! I’ve always wonder how we came about eating certain foods and this wart like squash is no exception!! The actual name is Blue-Grey Hubbard Squash which is one of the best keeping winter squashes and when we say best keeping we’re talking up to 6months if stored correctly! No joke here people 6 months! Now, if you plan on attempting to do any kind of storage like this you will want to pick a good looking Hubbard for starters (not that any of them are very good looking!), so one that’s skin has not been punctured or bruised. Store in a place that is dry, dark, cool, and well ventilated (45 -50 degrees F is most desirable). The squash will last longer if stems are removed and stored on top of a thick layer of newspaper. Don’t forget to check on it regularly and if you find that the skin has been dis-colored or softened don’t use.
Squash is a fantastic fall and winter food that is comforting, filling and nourishing. Hubbard squash has a good kick of vitamin A and C with a healthy dose of dietary fiber. All squashes are great because they are versatile in cooking, you can bake, boil, steam, and roast which can then be eaten as is, mashed or pureed.
We find that there can be 2 draw backs from enjoying squash; it is the look of them and trying to get into them! When buying them you want to pick one that is firm and heavy for its size and for the most part the smaller squash can be cracked with a good knife and a little elbow grease Now these blue-gray Hubbard’s on the other hand can be more than intimidating!! My sister showed the family one she had gotten from a friend last night and it was the size of a baby! Literally we have 4 children in the family all under 4year old and this thing probably beat 2-3 of them in size and weight! Blue-grey Hubbard’s are big to enormous!! Cutting into one of these warty looking things would not be fun! My sister had a plan though! She was told to put the Hubbard in a bag (we went with a clear garbage bag) and crack it (drop it) on the ground. My sister’s daughter did the honors of dropping the thing but let me tell you that was the easiest way I’ve ever seen someone to get into a squash!! She’s 9year old; I have trouble cutting a butternut squash most days! This Hubbard broke into multiple pieces with ease and it was great because my sister shared
My plan is to cook it up tonight! I haven’t decided what to do with it yet though….maybe turn it into soup or roast bite size cubes. mmmmm