Butternut squash was developed in the late 1940s in Waltman, Massachusetts by a horticulturalist named Charles Leggett. Its name came from the flavor he described as “smooth as butter."
All squashes are members of the gourd family which makes it a cousin to the pumpkin, melon and cucumber.
3 Reasons Why we love butternut squash
1. The entire butternut squash plant is edible (but we don't reccommend eating the skin!). The leaves, tendrils, shoots, stems, flowers, seeds, and fruit can all be eaten.
2. Butternut Squash is one of the longest keeping vegetables, lasting over 3 months when stored properly. It's currently being harvested around the state of NY and other similar climates.
3. It tastes delicious roasted, which brings out the natural sugars and rich flavor. Once butternut squash is cooked, it can be used in a variety of ways, including as a purée or soft finger food, in muffins, dropped into soups, or cubed for use in pasta dishes and casseroles. It’s even great eaten on its own as a delicious side dish!
Butternut Squash Resources for parents and teachers
Resources for the Classroom
Download the Red Rabbit Winter Squash Harvest poster to be displayed in the classroom!
Create Butternut Squash Bunnies with your students in the classroom!
Download this fun coloring worksheet on our favorite fall veggie of the month!
Butternut Squash Soup
Try This Simple Squash Soup!With Only Six Ingredients, It Is Vegan And Gluten-Free, And Can Be Prepared In Less Than A Half An Hour.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Here is a delicious fall take on our Mac And Cheese, perfect to be whipped up at home with your family!