Golden Nugget Squash
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Golden nugget squash is available fall into mid winter.
Golden Nugget squash, botanically classified as Cucurbita maxima, is an annual winter squash. The Golden Nugget squash plant is the most salt tolerant of the Cucurbita genus, making it a favorite for coastal regions. The botanical family, Cucurbitaceae, contains the most species used for human consumption.
This winter squash boasts a bright orange or salmon-colored, finely-ridged, dull skin. Most often marketed with its stem attached, this pumpkin-shaped variety is about the size of a small grapefruit and measures about three to four inches in diameter. Offering only a slight amount of flesh, the flavor of mature specimens is pleasantly sweet and buttery. This winter squash does not offer its best flavor unless it has reached full maturity and develops a dull finish.
Winter squash are a source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, iron, potassium and niacin. Squash's orange flesh is high in beta carotene, the source of vitamin A. The deeper the color, the higher the beta carotene content.
Gold Nugget squash is a hard-skinned, winter variety. Bake whole, or halved, until flesh is tender. Puree and add to risotto. Cook diced squash with onions, carrots, celery and broth until softened, then blend into soup. Roast small, diced squash in olive oil and spices then add to green salads or toss with cooked grains and sauteed kale. Gold nugget squash will keep in cool, dry storage for up to a month.
In the past, squash was a traditional American fall and winter vegetable. Today, however, with both winter and summer varieties are available year-round.
This winter squash, also known as Oriental pumpkin, was developed in 1966 in North Dakota at the North Dakota State University in Fargo, where a vast amount of winter squash research has been conducted in the past decades.
Recipes that include Golden Nugget Squash. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Feeding Maybelle||Baked Golden Nugget Squash|