Actual name is: North Georgia Candy Roaster Squash It is an indigenous American heirloom variety Cultivated and preserved through the Cherokee Nation since the 1800's
Available in the fall and winter Candy Roasters are valued because they store well through the winter
The skin is relatively thin and the flesh is soft and filled with seeds.
BTW, the sweetness increases with storage An excellent source of vitamin A & C And a great source of fiber
But how do you cook them?
Split them, seed them and season with salt pepper and your choice of spices.
Roast, purée and roast again to increase the nutty taste. Mix in some chopped pecans -- even better
You can likely find Candy Roasters at your farmers market...
... and if you ask about how to cook them, you are likely to hear, "They are great in soup."
Zuppa di zucca e fagioli bianchi
Featuring Candy Roasters, beans, collard and bacon