A winter squash with cylindrical fruits which are cream-colored with green stripes. It has a characteristically delicate rind or skin. It is also known as peanut squash, Bohemian squash, or sweet potato squash. Delicata squash belongs to the same species as most types of summer squash known as "Cucurbita pepo", which includes patty pan squash, zucchini, and yellow crookneck squash, as well as the Jack-o-lantern pumpkins.
Delicata squash is most commonly baked, but can also be microwaved, sautéed, or steamed. It may be stuffed with meat or vegetable mixtures and is known for its ease of cooking and creamy flavor and texture. The seeds of the squash are often toasted and eaten. This squash is not as rich in beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.
Indigenous to North and Central America, squash were introduced to early European settlers by Native Americans. Delicata squash almost disappeared after the Great Depression and wasn't widely grown due to its susceptibility to mildew diseases.