Also called sweet potato squash, the delicata has a pale yellow skin with medium green striations. Inside, the succulent yellow flesh tastes like a cross between sweet potatoes and butternut squash. The oblong delicata can range from 5 to 9 inches in length and 1½ to 3 inches in diameter. Its peak season is from late summer through late fall. Choose squash that are heavy for their size; avoid those with soft spots. Delicata squash can be stored up to 3 weeks at an average room temperature. As with other winter squash, the delicata is best baked or steamed. It's a good source of potassium, iron and vitamins A and C. See also squash.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Sure, you could enjoy it roasted plainly in olive oil or blended into soup, but why limit yourself? This kitchen superstar jumps from sweet to savory so effortlessly that the only hard part is deciding how to eat it.