Description: Belonging to the pumpkin family and possibly the most popular of the winter squash, Butternut Squash is known for it’s pear-shaped figure and golden yellow/orange flesh.
Season: Starts in early fall and lasts throughout winter. Milder temperate states will see this squash throughout the month of February.
Flavor: Mildly sweet with a nutty flavor to it, Butternut Squash makes for a great savory cream sauce or even mashed for a sweet dessert.
Best cooked as: The squash will need to be sliced in half and baked in the oven until soft (approx.. 30-40 minutes in a heated oven of 350 degrees). From there you can blend it, mash it, or cube it.
Storage: Keep in a cool section of you kitchen at room temperature. Can last up to 2 weeks but make sure to check for spoiling.
Nutrition: There is a reason why this is such a popular vegetable: It is incredibly rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, it’s ridiculous. It has a higher vitamin A count than pumpkins, bursting of vitamin B-complex goodies and will fill you with iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. Be sure to cook up the seeds as well. They are rich in protein and heart-healthy minerals.
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