Butternut squash is not only extremely popular but is also one of the most widely available forms of winter squash. They've already made their way onto our menus in a simple, roasted form but we're also trying to be creative in how we incorporate seasonal veggie focused items. They are incredibly versatile to be used in food and they're lots of fun to look at too - varying in shape from cylindrical to bell shape, its smooth tan exterior, yet sometimes speckled, hides deliciously sweet and buttery orange flesh.
Butternut squash was developed in the late 1940s by a horticulturalist who described the vegetable as "smooth as butter" thus leading to its name. Across the world, chefs use the veggie in stews, pasta dishes, soups, curries, and even breads and muffins. The primary season for the vegetable is September through March and is often paired with nutmeg or cinnamon flavorings to create that fall flavor profile that everybody knows and loves.
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 recommend 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!
Crafting Inspiration in the Classroom
Create Butternut Squash Bunnies with your students in the classroom!
Download this fun coloring worksheet on this delicious vegetable.
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!