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Preparation, uses, and tips
A round pumpkin-shaped squash that is found in a variety of sizes ranging from a few inches in diameter, similar to a small cantaloupe up to two feet. The skin color ranges from green to light tan and orange, covering a firm golden orange flesh that is slightly firmer than the flesh of a pumpkin. With a sweet mild flavor like acorn squash, the Calabaza can be prepared just like other squash varieties such as acorn and butternut. It is a good squash to use in fish and meat stews, for soups, puréed in squash dishes, as a pie filling, or as a substitution for recipes requiring pumpkin or butternut squash. The Calabaza squash is native to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. It is also known as the West Indian pumpkin, the green pumpkin squash, calabash, and calabasa.
Bake - suggests baking a pumpkin whole: deeply pierce it in 4 to 5 places around the top with a knife – air vents to keep it from exploding. Set squash in a baking dish or rimmed baking sheet (it may ooze sugary juices) and bake in the middle of a 375 degree oven until flesh tests tender when pierced with a thin skewer or knife. A small squash may take 45 minutes... a larger one up to 1 1/2 hours. When done, cut squash in half, scoop out and discard seeds and strings, and use flesh as desired.
When selecting, choose those that are heavy feeling with stems that firmly attached. When storing, place the Calabaza squash in a cool dry area if it has not been sliced open. Whole Calabaza squash can be stored for a month or a little longer while cut Calabaza should be refrigerated in an airtight container or bag and used within a week or 10 days. This type of squash also can be frozen for up to a year in airtight containers.
Squash is an excellent source of magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and A, and a good source of calcium.
Debbie at Live Earth Farms
Mexican Squash Recipe #235285
Another recipe from the 1981 Southern Living Cook Book.
by Maryland Jim
35 min | 15 min prep