With its rich nutty flavour and creamy texture, Delicata is this lazy girl's dream squash, as it needs no peeling since the skin is quite thin. They are also - and this point is a bit of a winner for me - they are really easy to de-seed. Scraping away at the seeds and threads with a metal spoon a couple of times, rather than wrestling with a tangle of dense seeds as you do with larger varieties of squash, gets the job done. (Or perhaps it’s just me that also seems to get in a bit of a muss with squash!)
I hope you get a sense of Delicata's va-va-voom, but you probably won't get much of a sense of scale from my photo. These little squash are only about 12 centimetres long, which makes them the perfect size for portion control. Nothing is wasted; even the skin is edible. (Although I must admit I don't care too much for the skin's texture - I think you would have to be very hungry to want to eat it. But the principle of nothing wasted is always welcome!)
I have plans to stuff and roast this squash, but apparently it is easy to steam, fry or mash too. Let the experimenting begin!