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butternut squash

Squash has been consumed by humans for well over 10,000 years, first appearing as a wild plant in Mexico and Guatemala. It quickly became a staple of the Native American diet who referred to it as one of the “three sisters” along with maze and beans.  Upon discovery and settlement of the New World, European explorers did not initially respond well to the vegetable due to its bitter taste but they perservered and various forms of squash  including butternut are in most national diets.

ORIGIN:  Butternut squash does the best in warmer, drier climates so we source it  from Portugal, South Africa, Argentina and Peru.

 

TIP:  If your butternut squash is ripe, the skin shouldn't break if you push it with your fingernail.  Choose a heavy one with some stem at the top, and store in a cool, dark place.  when stored correctly, butternut squash will keep for a few weeks (easily!).

 

NUTRITION:  Butternut Squash is a nutrient-dense vegetable, providing an abundance of nutrients with few calories. It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, through it's beta carotene.