Butternut Squash, one of the most popular winter squash vegetables, are hitting the shelves of our Saturday Farmers Market, and what a tasty way to help usher in fall! Use it in soups, stews, casseroles or any number or yummy, comfort food style dishes for a healthy and autumn-flavored dish!
Being a member of pumpkin family, butternut squash has a pleasant nutty flavor and mildly sweet taste. It’s one of the signature flavors that usher in the changing of the seasons.
When shopping for Butternut Squash at the Market, look for mature product that features a fine woody note on tapping, and feels heavy in hand. Its stem should be stout and firmly attached to the fruit. Avoid those with wrinkled surface, abnormal spots, cuts, and bruises. Whenever possible, buy long neck butternut fruit as it contains more meat and fewer hollow cavities and seeds. (Unless, of course, you intend to eat the seeds, then shorter neck squash is your best bet!)
Once at home, well-ripened squash can be stored for many weeks (even months!) in a cool, humid-free, well-ventilated place at room temperature. However, cut sections should be placed inside the refrigerator where they keep well for 3-4 days.
Check out these fun facts about Butternut Squash!
Botanically, it belongs to theCucurbitaceae family of field pumpkins.
Butternut squash seeds can be eaten as a nutritious snack food, just like pumpkin seeds.
Butternut squash is composed of many vital poly-phenolic anti-oxidants and vitamins. As with other squash, it is very low in calories; one serving is just 45 calories!
It has more Vitamin A than that of a pumpkin. One butternut squash generally contains 354% of your daily need for Vitamin A!
Butternut squash is a natural antioxidant and is great for skin health and eyesight health!
It’s unique flavor can be used in both savory as well as sweet dishes. It can be used in variety of delicious recipes as baked, stuffed, or stew-fried. (However, nutritionally it is eaten best by steam cooking in order to get maximum nutrients.