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    Butternut Squash Ready for Market

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SEASON: Fall, Winter, Early Spring

 


WINTER KEEPERS: The butternut can be stored for six months or more, so don’t be shy about stocking up!

Butternut

Butternut Forget This Classic Winter Squash

Posted by JB

During the late fall and winter months, Happy Boy stands are abound with a winter wonderland of squash varieties. Of these hard squashes, we dedicate plenty of field space to the celebrated butternut squash because of its popularity in holiday dishes and its ability to flourish in the coastal Californian climate. The bell shaped butternut has beige colored skin and a deep orange flesh with a dense creamy texture. Some customers have even said that its bright and mildly nutty flavor is as sweet as butterscotch.  

The butternut squash is versatile when featured in sweet and savory dishes alike. It can be halved and baked with butter and cinnamon for a sweeter dish, or fresh herbs for a more savory flavor. Butternut can also be cubed with the skin left on, tossed with olive oil and herbs, and then roasted like potatoes, and is heavenly when transformed into soup and garnished with our fresh sage fried in butter or oil. Also try adding the puree to breads and muffins or feeding it to your favorite baby as a starter food.  

When selecting a butternut squash, look for heavy, hard-skinned squash with an even beige color throughout. One pound of squash is approximately one cup of squash.

Storage

Winter squash will last longest if kept in a cool and airy spot, free from excessive moisture.  Do not refrigerate.

Nutrition

The butternut is jam-packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. 

Recipes and Pairings

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Try roasting, baking or making sweet and savory soups, or venture into lesser-known territory by adding to wilted salads of radicchio, kale or other winter greens for a sweet, bright accent. Butternut also makes a great "pumpkin" pie. Just substitute butternut for the amount of pumpkin your recipe calls off and see if anyone can tell the difference… the keen may notice a slightly sweeter and creamier texture in the pie filling but everyone will know it's delicious!