- Butternut squash is in available year-round, but in peak season during the fall and winter months.
Health Benefits of Butternut Squash:
- Butternut squash is rich in potassium, fiber, Vitamin A, manganese and Vitamin C.
- Because of its high antioxidant content, butternut squash may have anti-inflammatory effects, helping you to reduce your risk of inflammation-related disorders like rheumatoid arthritis
How to Select Butternut Squash:
- Look for butternut squash with taut, evenly colored skin free of blemishes, wrinkled skin or soft spots.
- Butternut squash should feel heavy for its size.
How to Store Butternut Squash:
- Store butternut squash in a cool, dark place for up to 1 month.
- Once cut, wrap in plastic and store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
How to Prepare Butternut Squash:
- Rinse with running water. Place on cutting board and use a large, sharp knife to cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and excess fiber from middle of squash.
- Skin is edible but can be peeled based on preference.
Fun Facts About Butternut Squash:
- Butternut squash seeds can be eaten as a nutritious snack food, just like pumpkin seeds.