Hold a whole banana squash on a cutting board firmly with one hand.
Banana squash are no relation to bananas, but their shape vaguely resembles that of the elongated tropical fruits. The three most common types of this squash are pink, blue and orange, with pink being the most commonly found in the United States. Like other large winter squash, banana squash can be cooked in a variety of ways, including the microwave. You can use the cooked banana squash in recipes as a substitute for any other winter squash or pumpkin.
Things You'll Need
- Chef's knife
- Spoon or ice cream scoop
- Microwave-safe dish
- Plastic wrap
Use the knife to make a cut across the width of the squash. Cut halfway through the thick rind to the center of the squash.
Rotate the squash 180 degrees along the knife's edge; this will allow you to cut through the squash and separate the halves of the squash.
Repeat cutting through the rind of the squash to divide it into 4-inch-long segments.
Cut each piece of banana squash in half lengthwise.
Scrape out the seed cavity with an ice cream scoop or large spoon.
Fill the microwave-safe dish with 1/4 inch water.
Place the cut portion of two halves of a banana squash segment into the water. Arrange the halves cut-side-down.
Cover the dish with plastic wrap.
Microwave the banana squash on high power for six to seven minutes per pound or until tender.
Scoop the cooked squash out of the rind and use as needed in recipes.
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