Gem Squash

Basic Information about Gem Squash

Gem squash is small and round just like a grapefruit but it is a very dark green.  Its color is often what makes it stand out from other types of squash.  Gem squash can be used for decoration in the fall time or it can be prepared for consumption.  If you have never seen this type of squash before or you have never eaten it, you may find this article very interesting and informational.

The gem squash has also been called a cannon ball.  This is because of the shape that it is in.  They are related to the butternut squash and to pumpkins.  Many times people will eat the seeds of a pumpkin.  However, the seeds of this squash are generally thrown away and not consumed.  If you have ever held one of these, you probably noticed that it was very hard.  This skin is intended to help keep the squash nice and sweet.

If you are going to purchase a gem squash in order to eat it there are a few things you are going to need to look for.  First of all, you want it to be very firm. You can take a moment and knock of the top of the squash.  If you hear a hollow noise coming from it then you know it is good.  Be sure to check for any softness or rotten areas around the top of the squash.  If you find soft spots like this you may want to think differently about purchasing that particular squash because it is most likely bad.  If your squash is nice and firm, you can store it for several weeks.  Just be sure that you are keeping it in a cool, dry location.

You have several different options when you decide to prepare the gem squash.  But, for the purpose of this article, I am going to discuss three different methods.  You can take the squash and poke some holes in it like you would with a baked potato.  At this point you can just place it in the oven and let it cook.  It is very important to make sure that you do put the holes in the squash so that it does not explode in the oven.  You want to be sure that the steam can escape while it is cooking.

The second cooking method that you can use would be to take the gem squash and a potato peeler and remove the skin from the squash.  Once you have completed this step you will want to slice the squash into quarters and then remove the seeds.  Place it into the oven to bake.  Finally, you could cut the slices into smaller pieces and steam them for approximately ten minutes.

Gem squash has a lot of different vitamins and minerals that are good for you and your family.  You can find numerous recipes for this squash so that you can start using this squash as a side dish for your meals.  Some children are afraid to try different and new things.  However, if you start feeding this squash to your child at an early age he or she will begin to like the flavor. You may be amazed in the first place because your child may enjoy the sweet flavor and they may really like it.

Squash has a lot of different purposes in the fall when you can find them anywhere.  You should take the time to research different recipes and different ways that you can prepare this as a meal.  Start using your gem squash for more than decoration.  You may be satisfied with the end result.