Well into the fall season, fall essential squash like butternut, spaghetti, acorn squash, and of course, the infamous pumpkin should be key pieces to your set.  But beyond the familiar, there are many culinary, decorative, and baking possibilities with variety squash that you may not be aware of.

Its shape and color create a color break among other cooking vegetables and get people thinking about heartier dishes as the weather cools.

Offer multiple varieties of squash to your consumers and include them in your fall promotions. Clearly label each variety and offer some information on the taste and uses of each type.  Below is a list of attractive, delicious squash to jazz up your department.

Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is oblong in shape with horizontal grooves in its yellow skin with dark green stripes. It has firm, pale yellow-orange flesh and tastes similar to a sweet potato.

Golden Nugget Squash

Golden Nugget squash is used as a substitute for sweet potatoes.  This medium-sized squash is packed with golden meaty flesh with melt-in-your-mouth flavor.  High in vitamin A and C.

Hubbard Squash

This bumpy squash comes in a variety of colors from bronze to pale blue.  Given its size, market hubbard squash in cut pieces, this will showcase its colorfully rich flesh.

Buttercup Squash

This turban-shaped squash is a more common winter squash variety used popularly roasted, baked, and mashed into soups.  This variety would sell well with a recipe or info card.

Carnival Squash

Green and orange splatter this small squash up to its furrowed top.  When cooked, the flesh becomes melty and soft with a buttery nut, maple flavor.  It has a variety of vitamins and minerals like potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, and folate which make it a healthy, hearty side dish.

Squash’s many uses make it a perfect cross-merchandising partner, so promote it with soup stock, stir-fry vegetables and spaghetti sauce for spaghetti squash, grilling seasonings and flour and seasonings for fried squash.