November 24, 2017

Party Squash

'Carnival' acorn squash

Janine Pineo Photo | ‘Carnival’ acorn squash

With the exception of the jack-o’-lantern and its Halloween bag o’ tricks, squash doesn’t exactly have a good-times image. Perhaps, it’s the name: squash. Not exactly exotic sounding, we must admit. Enter Carnival, an acorn squash that has more color variations than a clown’s face paint. This hybrid has a semi-bush habit so it won’t go traipsing through the vegetable garden as aggressively as some winter squash do. Speckled with green, gold, cream, yellow and orange, Carnival’s hues are affected by the temperature. According to Fedco Seeds, high temperatures yield more green and less of the lighter shades. The squash can be used in decorations, but you really should eat it after its display life is over. The flesh is sweet and nutty, with the flavor developing even more after being stored for a while, according to Pinetree Garden Seeds.

'Carnival' acorn squash

Janine Pineo Photo | ‘Carnival’ acorn squash