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Beyond Basic Butternut: Other Squash Varieties to Try

These unusual winter squash taste better and perform more reliably than many other late-season staples

Fine Gardening – Issue 172

Several years ago, a colleague here at Fine Gardening mentioned in passing that she was growing an array of winter squash. I remember thinking, “Why bother?” It’s not that I didn’t appreciate having roasted butternut squash at the Thanksgiving dinner table—but to grow a vegetable for the entire season while allowing it to swallow up a ton of garden real estate seemed foolish. After all, isn’t it just easier to pick up a couple of acorn or butternut squashes at the grocery store? But what my coworker Ruth Dobsevage told me, and what I found to be true years later when I finally decided to grow my own, was that there is a world of winter squash that few gardeners ever know. There are many varieties that taste so incredible, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t plant them. You generally won’t find these squashes at the typical supermarket or even at…

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