Butternut squash and other winter squash



In the Past: Between Mexico and Guatemala, wild squash were discovered and cultivated for their seeds 10,000 years ago. Eventually, the squash was developed into a plant similar to what we know today, eaten for its sweet orange flesh.

In the Soil: Butternut squash is in the family Curcurbitae, related to zucchini, cucumber, and other winter squash like the pumpkin. It grows on a vine with large leaves, and develops into a long orange shaped gourd. Winter squash, including butternut, are an easy crop to grow in a garden.

In the Kitchen: When cut open, butternut squash has a deep orange flesh. Once cooked, the flesh of the squash gourd has a sweet, nutty taste. The seeds can be roasted and eaten just like pumpkin seeds. Squash can be peeled and roasted or added to soups, or baked whole and mashed or pureed, or eaten straight out of the skin.

In the Body: Squash are a natural source of complex carbohydrates and are full of potassium, vitamin A, C, folic acid, pantothenic acid and copper.

In Connecticut: Fresh squash is generally available mid July through the end of December, though proper storage may extend availability. Some varieties of squash, if stored well, can last up to 180 days!


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The below recipes were contributed by Connecticut Food Service Directors.* 

*Recipe and Meal Contribution Review completed by Put Local on Your Tray. SFAs must check the crediting information for accuracy prior to including the item in reimbursable meals.

Steamed Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cinnamon

Butternut White Bean Salad

Harvest Delight

Harvest Entree Salad With Turkey

New Mac 'n Cheese

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus

Roasted Root Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash Bake

Food Service recipes from other organizations looking to increase local procurement in schools:

Butternut and Sweet Potato Bake (MFTS)

Butternut Squash Bisque (PB)

Butternut Squash Lasagna (VT FEED)

Cider-Glazed Squash (PB)

Creamy Pumpkin Rice (PB)

Pumpkin Pancakes (VT FEED)

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Winter Squash (MFTS)

Vegetarian Chili (PB)

Winter Vegetable Soup with Noodles (VT FEED)


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