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Butternut squash is a vegetable that our family enjoys during the winter months when most of our fresh garden produce is not in season.
Butternut squash is a elongated bell-shaped squash that measures about a foot long and weighs an average of 2 to 4 pounds. Its popularity is due to its meaty, yet moderately sweet golden orange flesh. Because of its thin skin, this squash can easily be skinned with a vegetable peeler, which makes it easy to cut and prepare. Baking enhances its sweet, moist, and nutty flavors. Butternut squash is ususally available from August through March. (www.foodreference.com)
Storage Tips for Squash: for some vegetables, the cold and damp of the root cellar are unsuitable for storage. Winter squashes keep much better under cool, dry conditions. Squash should be allowed to cure in warm, dry temperatures for 2 weeks after harvest. Spread them out in single layers on drying racks in the sun or in the attic. After curing, store on wooden shelves. (Four Season Harvest, By Elliot Coleman.)
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