Squash Delivery or Pickup

The Instacart guide to squash

While we often think of squash as a vegetable, it's technically a fruit and is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Botanically, when a fruit or vegetable has seeds on the inside, like squash, apples, peaches, cucumbers, and tomatoes, it's a fruit. Vegetables come from a plant's root, stem, or leaves, such as carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and potatoes. Even though squash is botanically a fruit, it's generally cooked as a vegetable.  

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Both soft and hard squash are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, folate, and manganese. The seeds of both types of squash have large amounts of vitamin E and protein.

Once you bring Summer or soft squash home, take a damp cloth and lightly wipe the squash down to get rid of any dirt. Place the squash in a perforated plastic bag and store it in the vegetable crisper. It's easy to freeze summer or soft squash for future use. Cube the squash, blanch them in boiling water for about 3 minutes, and then plunge the squash into cold water for about 3 minutes. Drain and freeze in baggies or containers.

Hard squash, when stored properly, will last from 3-5 months. Find winter squash that has about 2-3in of stem left on it. Wipe off any dirt with a dry cloth. Store in a dry, cool spot with a relative humidity of about 60%.

Whether you want some squash to bake, grate into a salad, or store for future use, save time and make your day easier by adding your favorite squash to your Instacart order. Download the Instacart app today, and start shopping for squash that your Instacart shopper will deliver to your home!