Acorn squash is a small variety of winter squash named for its resemblance to a large acorn. Its firm, yellow-orange flesh has a mellow, sweet flavor that pairs well in dishes containing bacon, garlic, maple syrup or spices such as sage or nutmeg.
Like its close cousins butternut squash and spaghetti squash, acorn squash is more nutrient-dense than all types of summer squash.
Acorn squash is best suited for cooked applications such as roasting, baking, stuffing, broiling, sautéing, steaming, and grilling, pairs well with balsamic vinegar, wild mushrooms, brown sugar, maple syrup, sage, thyme, rosemary, robust cheeses, curry, pecans, butter
Acorn squash is rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. A diet with a high intake of the nutrients provided by acorn squash may decrease the risk of a number of serious medical conditions.