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Fall Fruit Favorite: Butternut Squash

Now that it’s fall, it’s a great time to try out some seasonal fruits and veggies! Butternut squash, also known as butternut pumpkin in Australia and New Zealand, is a type of winter squash. It has a sweet, nutty flavor similar to pumpkin.

This squash packs a nutrition punch as a good source of fiber, Vitamin A, C, and E, potassium and magnesium. This fruit has only 45 calories per half cup, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber.

There are a number of ways to enjoy butternut squash. It can be roasted, pureed for soups, or mashed and used in casseroles, muffins and breads.

One of the most popular ways to prepare butternut squash is roasting. It’s very easy to do. Just cut the squash in half lengthwise, brush lightly with olive oil and place it cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake it for 45 minutes or until it is softened. Once done, you can scoop out the inner flesh from the shell and use in a variety of dishes. The seeds taste great roasted on a separate baking sheet and can be nibbled on as a snack or tossed on a salad for some great crunch.

You can also buy a pre-cut squash at the grocery store. I would suggest you do this instead of trying to cut and remove the skin yourself which can be tricky and “dicey.”

Here’s a tried and true recipe for a butternut squash casserole that your family will love.

Do you have any favorite fall fruits or veggies?

  1. Jill Turner
    September 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I saw frozen, chopped/diced butternut squash available in the freezer case at Central Market last night. That might be an option too.

  2. September 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the tip Jill! Preparing a large squash, such as butternut, can be tricky to peel and chop, so it’s easier and definitely safer to buy it already prepped.

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