WHAT IS A BUTTERCUP SQUASH?
Much sweeter then most other members of the gourd family, this turban-shaped squash is a popular ingredient among chefs. Round in shape with a green exterior, inside they have orange flesh. Dense but creamy in texture, it’s a popular substitute for sweet potato in many recipes. While the name is often confused with a butternut squash, they look almost nothing alike.
WHY ARE BUTTERCUP SQUASHES GOOD FOR YOU?
Most winter squashes are very similar in health benefits. Buttercup is rich in vitamins A,B and C. In terms of minerals it’s a good source of potassium. The orange hue of the flesh means that, much like with carrots, there is a large amount of beta-carotene present (an anti-oxidant)!
WHEN ARE BUTTERCUP SQUASHES IN SEASON?
This is a winter vegetable so they are available from early Fall through Winter.
HOW SHOULD BUTTERCUP SQUASHES BE STORED?
Avoid buying one with any discolorations or blemishes and they can keep for up to 3 months. Clean thoroughly and then store upside down in a cool, dark place (but not directly on a cement or hard floor).
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A BUTTERCUP SQUASH?
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WHICH RECIPES WORK BEST WITH BUTTERCUP SQUASH?
This gourd is actually an ideal substitute for sweet potato, so any recipe using this starch will do. Much like with a potato the flesh of this squash can be a bit dry so baking or steaming are never bad ideas. Or try maple roasting which makes for a tasty dish!