Butternut Squash By Jennifer A. Wickes Copyright 2001

Butternut Squash Season Edit


Butternut squash purée

The Butternut squash comes from the gourd family, which is native to the Western Hemisphere. There is evidence to support that the natives of Mexico were eating squash as early as 5500 BC.

There are two kinds of squash: summer and winter. Butternut Squash is a winter squash. It has a hard, thick skin and it is filled with seeds. It can range in size from 8 to 12 inches long, and about 3 to 5 inches wide, weighing up to 3 pounds. The color of the Butternut Squash ranges from a yellow to a light tan. Inside, the flesh is orange and has a sweet flavor.

Available in early Fall through Winter, you will want to choose a squash that is heavy with few blemishes and moldy spots.

Storage Edit

Butternut squash can be stored longer than summer squashes because their skin is so hard and thick. Store in a cool dry place for at least a month. If the squash has been cut into pieces, then wrap in a plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 5 days.

Nutritional Qualities Edit

The following qualities are available in one cup of mashed squash: 80 calories, 2 grams protein, 1 gram fat, 18 grams carbohydrates, with riboflavin, iron, Vitamins A and C.

Wine Pairings Edit

Depending on what you are serving with your butternut squash and as to how you are preparing it, try a Pinot Grigio or Chenin Blanc to serve with it.

Spices Edit

Allspice, anise seed, brown sugar, butter, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, ginger, mace, nutmeg, paprika, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme and turmeric.

Equivalencies Edit

1 pound fresh squash = 3 medium fruits = 3 cups sliced = 1 cup cooked / mashed

Preparation Edit

Rinse and cut the squash lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds and excess fiber. May peel skin if desired.

  • Stir-fry: tender when pierced.
  • Bake: 400 °F 30 – 40 minutes, uncovered.
  • Microwave: ½ the squash and microwave for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Boil: cut into chunks and boil 7 – 9 minutes.
  • Steam: cube and steam for 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Roast: 400 °F for 30 – 45 minutes.

Recipes Edit

More information Edit

For more information about Butternut Squash, please read the following by Cooking Light magazine's Web Site.

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Jennifer A. Wickes is a freelance food writer, researcher and cookbook reviewer. She has written several eBooks, and has had several articles and recipes in printed publications. She is working on her first cookbook.

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