How to Pick the Right Fall Squash

October 23, 2017
| Created by Hannah Langley, MS, RDN, CD

Pumpkins get all the glory during Halloween, but there are many delicious and healthy varieties of squash to try this season.

Shopping Tip:

Look for squash that feels heavy for its size and has hard, deep-colored skin, free of blemishes.

Butternut Squash

To make butternut squash easier to handle, cut it in half lengthwise. Then peel with a vegetable peeler and scoop out the seeds. This squash is great for use in soups, or cubed and roasted, as it tends not to be stringy. Want the soup but don't want to cook it? Harmons Butternut Squash soup is ready for you to buy, heat, and eat. Acorn Squash

The mild, sweet flavor of this squash allows for great versatility. Whether sweet or savory, acorn squash is delicious when roasted! Choose squash that appears dark green and dull. Try this fall inspired stuffed acorn squash from Chef Lesli.

Spaghetti Squash

When cooked and forked, the flesh of this squash resembles noodles, making for a low-carb pasta alternative!


This squash has extra thick, hard skin, making it one of the best-keeping winter squashes. Hubbard squash is delicious roasted and then mashed with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. Want more ideas? Just click here.

Banana Squash

This behemoth of a squash can grow up to 2 feet in length, so cut it into pieces to make it more manageable. Because of its size, banana squash is excellent when stuffed with meat, vegetables, or grains and roasted.

Delicata Squash

This squash has a thin, edible skin and can be baked, steamed, or even microwaved! Delicata squash has a delicate, mild flavor similar to corn and sweet potatoes.