All About Butternut Squash
FUN FACT: You can eat the seeds from butternut squash! Bake them just as you would pumpkin seeds.
Butternut Squash has a lovely sweet flavor and silky smooth texture. Our favorite way to enjoy Butternut Squash is baking it. Baked Butternut Squash gets even sweeter when you bake it. Simply peel the outer skin with a potato peeler, slice in half and remove seeds, chop up and cook as desired. It’s one of our favorite winter squashes. Butternut Squash is low in calories, rich in dietary fiber and phyto-nutrients.
It’s a great swap out for certain ingredients or even on it’s own for diet programs. We try to live a healthy lifestyle and we always have butternut squash in the house. It’s rich in B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantethenic acid. By eating butternut squash you’ll also have plenty of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, calcium potassium and phosphorus.
Get your mini chef involved in the cooking process. We call Butternut Squash a candy veggie – it’s so sweet AND nutritious.
WHEN IS BUTTERNUT SQUASH IN SEASON? Summer and fall is prime season for squash, but since they store so well you can find them year round.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GROW BUTTERNUT SQUASH? Butternut squash growing season is approximately 110-120 days from fruit maturation. Start about 6 weeks before the last frost in your area.
HOW TO STORE BUTTERNUT SQUASH Butternut squash will keep for months in a cool, dry place.
HOW TO CHOOSE BUTTERNUT SQUASH Look for a squash that has no large pits, cracks or soft spots. You’ll want to pick one that has a hard rind and feels heavy. Stem and rind should show no damage.
CAN YOU FREEZE BUTTERNUT SQUASH Absolutely, and it freezes really well! Remove skin, chop and blanch for about 5 minutes before freezing.
Check out these recipes using Butternut Squash
Baked Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese // Super Healthy Kids
Sriracha Butternut Squash Hummus // Farm Fresh Eats
Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Soup // Kristine’s Kitchen
Bacon Brussels Sprouts Butternut Squash Flatbread // Nutmeg Nanny
Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Brown Butter Alfredo Sauce // Kristine’s Kitchen
Pesto Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale // Peas and Crayons
How to Make Butternut Squash Puree // An Edible Mosaic
Butternut Squash Leek Gruyere Galette // Flavor The Moments
Thai Butternut Squash Soup // Yummy Healthy Easy
Beef and Butternut Squash Stew // Teas Biscuit