Butternut Squash

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Seasonality:

  • 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.

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