Winter Squash: More than just a pretty face
Pumpkins may get all the glory at Halloween, but there are many other versatile, vividly colored, flavorful, and nutrient-packed varieties to brighten up fall and winter meals. Sweeter, denser, and more firm in texture than summer squash or zucchini, winter squash take well to a wide spectrum of seasonings and can be true crowd-pleasers in warming soups, casseroles, risotto, lasagna, and even desserts.
Naturally low in fat and calories, winter squash provide significant nutritional benefits. For example, one cup of baked butternut squash contains vitamins A (from beta carotene), B6, C and E, as well as magnesium, potassium and manganese. Flavors are generally mild to sweet, so squash won’t overwhelm other ingredients and can easily be incorporated into seasonal recipes. These hard skinned winter squashes are excellent for storing – up to 5 months in your basement, unrefrigerated. Download our guide to winter squash, below!Downloadable Winter Squash Guide >