Shopping for Fall Produce? Try Butternut Squash.
Are you looking for some delicious fall produce that can be eaten in many different ways? One versatile vegetable is butternut squash, a type of winter squash that has a long storage life. In fact, butternut squash can keep up to a couple months if you keep it in a cool pantry. Since butternut squash and other winter squashes are available between August and March, you’re sure to find this delicious veggie in your produce aisle this fall.
Just like most other types of squash, you’ll need to de-seed butternut squash. It’s best to do this before cooking, but if you roast the squash whole, you can simply scoop out the seeds before serving. Since this type of squash as a unique shape, you’ll need to cut off the neck and cut the squash in half to take out the seeds. Don’t throw away the seeds. You can always prep them just like pumpkin seeds for a delicious, healthy snack.
Butternut squash is a great veggie to add to a healthy diet, since it’s packed with great nutrition. It offers vitamin A, which supports the immune system, and packs a lot of potassium as well. Not only will you get more than 400% of your daily needs for vitamin A, you’ll also get a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, magnesium, niacin, folate, thiamin, manganese, and pantothenic acid.
Versatile Vegetable for Fall or Winter
The great thing about butternut squash is that it’s so versatile – you can prepare it in so many different ways. Make a delicious treat by baking it up like sweet potatoes with a bit of vanilla and some brown sugar. Puree the squash and use it as a base for a delicious fall or winter soup. Instead of traditional mashed potatoes, serve mashed butternut squash instead. You can even add it to pasta sauces for an additional serving of veggies.
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