Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Recipes

When cooked, butternut squash has a sweet, starchy flavor. Being a winter squash, it is a member of the gourd family which makes it a cousin to the pumpkin, melon and cucumber. Butternut squash provides an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it a very heart friendly food choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, which is important for bone health, and vitamin B6, which is essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. The folate content in this vegetable significantly adds to its heart-healthy reputation and helps guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects. Butternut squash is also is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants making it even more valuable nutritionally. The butternut squash is fairly simple to cook. Just cut in half, remove seeds and bake for about an hour or until you can pierce the skin with a knife.

Storage and Handling

Store your butternut squash out of sunlight. It should be kept in a cool, low moisture place (between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit) with low humidity. Since it will be fresh from Ambrose Farm you should be able to keep it for a few months. Once your squash is cut open, it needs to be stored in a refrigerator. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and consume within a couple of days.