Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a gorgeous, orange gourd with a firm flesh that becomes perfectly textured when cooked.

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Health Benefits


  • Source of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure.

  • High in vitamin A, butternut squash contributes to healthier skin and vision.

  • Full of fiber, butternut squash is great for digestive health.

How To:

1

Pick

Look for butternut squash with a solid beige color, without any deep cuts or bruises. A little surface scratching is normal. Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size. Avoid squash with brown patches or punctures, which can introduce bacteria and mold.

2

Prepare

  1. Slice off the stem and bottom ends of the squash so that both ends are flat.
  2. Slice the squash in half, just where the thinner end begins to widen around the middle.
  3. Turn each half so that a flat end rests against the cutting board.
  4. Use a sharp serrated peeler or paring knife to peel off the skin in downward strokes. Alternatively, you can roast the squash with the skin intact.
  5. Once both halves of the squash are peeled, slice the fatter half lengthwise.
  6. Scoop out the seeds with a metal spoon. Keep those seeds...they are absolutely delicious when roasted.
3

Store

Butternut squash will keep in a cool, dark part of your kitchen for several weeks - it does not need to be refrigerated. Once the squash is diced and/or cooked it should be refrigerated in an airtight container.

Better For You Tip


Butternut squash is an excellent source of magnesium, which is a critical mineral for energy.