Green acorn squash is small to medium in size, averaging 12-20 centimeters in length and 10-12 centimeters in diameter, and has an ovoid shape lined with deeply furrowed ridges that taper to a point opposite of the stem end. The smooth skin or rind is light green when young and transforms into a deep green with yellow and orange patches when mature. The flesh is moist and spongy with a hollow center that contains stringy pulp encasing many small, flat, cream-colored seeds. When cooked, its yellow-orange flesh becomes tender and offers a mildly sweet and nutty flavor with a somewhat dry texture.
Green acorn squash is an excellent source of dietary fiber and contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.
Green acorn squash is best suited for cooked applications such as roasting, baking, stuffing, broiling, saut?ing, steaming, and grilling. It is most often prepared with its skin-on as the skin is edible when cooked, and is commonly halved, baked, and used as a bowl stuffed with meats, cheese, grains, soups, or other vegetables. Cooked Green acorn squash can also be added to stews, curries, risotto, and pasta. In addition to savory applications, Green acorn squash can be used in sweet preparations such as quick bread, cakes, and pies. Green acorn squash pairs well with balsamic vinegar, wild mushrooms, brown sugar, maple syrup, sage, thyme, rosemary, robust cheeses, curry, pecans, butter, dried cranberries, cilantro, ground beef, blackened chicken, sausage, and apple. It will keep up to one month when stored, uncut, in a cool and dry place.