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Butternut Squash

Everyday Food, Volume 16 October 2004

It may have an unusual shape, but this sweet-tasting squash is easy to prepare and can be cooked in many ways.

What Is It?
Butternut squash have a hard rind and a golden orange flesh. Similar to other types of winter squash, such as acorn, they are at their best from early fall through winter.

What to Look For
They range in size from 6 to 12 inches long and weigh between 2 and 5 pounds; choose one that feels heavy for its size. The skin should be smooth and uniform in color with a matte surface.

How to Store
This hardy squash can be kept for up to three months in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate.

Nutritional Value
A rich source of beta-carotene (the color of the flesh is a good indicator), vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, butternut squash is also high in fiber.

Preparing Butternut Squash
1. Cut off top and bottom.

2. Halve squash lengthwise.

3. Scoop out seeds with a spoon.

4. Peel with a vegetable peeler (or sharp knife).

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