U-G-L-Y- Squash Without An Alibi

This is not a squash for use in elegant harvest decorating schemes. It is the kind of squash you hide in the bottom of a pile at the back of your pantry. It looks like a diseased rodent carcass swelled up to gargantuan proportions. I know I’m hungry, aren’t you?

And yet, I purchased two of these bad boys. My aunt told me about a roadside place in Virginia that was selling off the last of its pumpkins and squash for a dollar each to make room for Christmas stuff so while we were out there for Thanksgiving I snagged six of the leftovers. After looking around on various websites I decided that the above is a Hubbard Squash, because of it’s two tapered ends and bluish gray color (Hubbards can be several different colors). The information I found indicated that Hubbard Squash is often more pumpkin-y than actual pumpkin, and that most canned pumpkin is actually Hubbard. Who knew? Apparently Hubbard Squash is as sweet and dense as pie pumpkin.

I roasted one of the Hubbards and got a lovely bright orange puree that did indeed lend itself nicely to baking and cooking. We had a delicious dinner of Curried Hubbard Soup and Hubbard Streusel Muffins. With the second squash I might make Hubbard Butter. Heh.

I suppose the take-away is don’t judge a squash by its cover or something like that. Let this be a lesson to you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

CommentLuv badge

A Spirited Mind HomeAboutReadingWritingParenting

Thank you for joining the conversation at A Spirited Mind! Please keep your comments kind and friendly, even if you're disagreeing with me or another commenter. Comments that use inappropriate language, or that are cruel, threatening, or violent will be deleted. I'm sure you understand!