Winter Squash, Butternut



Winter Squash, Butternut

Butternut squashes are bottle shaped and have a beige skin with bright orange flesh. One of the most common winter squash. Winter squashes were such an important part of the diet of Native Americans that many buried it along with their dead to provide them sustenance on their final journey.

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Storage Tips

  • Kept away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures (50-60°F is best), it can be stored for a month or more.

  • Once it is cut, cover the pieces of winter squash in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator, where they will keep for a couple of days.

Preparation Tips

  • Split lengthwise, seeds removed, and roasted skin side down;

  • Roasted whole, pierced in several places to allow steam to escape;

  • Puree cooked squash and use in soups.

  • Separate out the seeds from the pulp, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and lightly roast them at 160-170°F in the oven for 15-20 minutes;

  • Butternuts can replace sweet potatoes in recipes;

  • Pairs well with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Attribution

  • http://whatscookingamerica.net/squash.htm

  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63

  • http://www.melissas.com/Products/Products/Butternut-Squash.aspx