This fall we’re digging into 898 squash—an adorable, travel-sized squash that fits in the palm of your hand. 898 squash is an all-new squash bred by the folks at the Row 7 Seeds Company. Their mission was to pack the sweet and nutty flavor of butternut squash into a tender, single-serving package.
The Row 7 Seeds Company is dedicated to breeding and crossbreeding better-tasting produce. The selection in American supermarkets is generally limited to one or two cultivars per item. For example, there are over 200 hundred varieties of potatoes available in the United States, but you’ll probably just find russet, sweet, and maybe red potatoes at your local market. The problem is that the varieties that end up on grocery store shelves are often selected for their durability and shelf-life, not their flavor. Row 7 Seeds company is a collaboration between chefs and farmers that hopes to change that. When breeding new seeds, whether for squash or tomatoes, flavor is their top priority.
How to cook with 898 squash
898 squash can be used in any recipe that calls for butternut squash. It’s delicious roasted with olive oil, mashed up with cheese, or pureed into a sweet and nutty soup. The smaller size (when compared with butternut) shortens the cooking time of this squash. It’s also, conveniently, the perfect serving size for two.
Recipes with 898 squash
Baked squash, smothered in pesto and melty cheese makes an unbelievable fall side dish.
Mashed squash flavored with truffle butter and parmesan is a refreshing alternative to mashed potatoes when paired with seared steaks and a vegetable side.
Try 898 squash at home—look for this new ingredient featured on Blue Apron menus throughout the fall.