Hubbard squash is a variety of winter squash. It is a larger-sized squash that can be dark green, grey-blue or orange-red in color. The Hubbard’s flavor is less sweet than many other varieties. Winter squash are at their best from October to November when they are in season.
This vegetable was once such an important part of the diet of the Native Americans that they buried it along with the dead to provide them nourishment on their final journey! Today we recognize that the combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in winter squash have clear potential in the area of cancer prevention and cancer treatment. A second area of high potential for winter squash and its health benefits is blood sugar regulation and prevention of type 2 diabetes. Finally, future research may underscore the health benefits provided by winter squash for prevention of cardiovascular disease.
George Mateljan is a biologist and nutritionist who has written several best-selling books, including The World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating. Mateljan’s not-for-profit foundation has a web site called The World’s Healthiest Foods. For every food in their list, they provide a wealth of information: health benefits, nutritional profile, health benefits, how to select and store, tips for preparing and cooking, how to enjoy. Here is a link to their winter squash page: Winter Squash.
I had a bit of difficulty cutting the Hubbard squash. Eventually I was able to do it with a chef’s knife. The fact that my squashes were small (about 1-1/2 pounds each) certainly helped.
Here are some directions from the net: How To Cut Large Winter Squash
Do watch this brief YouTube video. It’s hilarious!
This soup is excellent! My family and I loved it!
Adapted from this recipe: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/roasted-hubbard-squash-soup.aspx
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I like this model from Cuisinart.
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It is time-saving, for two reasons: 1) fewer utensils are needed to get the task done, and 2) it’s so easy to clean. The blending shaft, whisk head, chopper/grinder bowl and mixing cup can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.
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