Butternut squash, also known in Australia and New Zealand as butternut pumpkin, is a type of winter squash. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. When ripe, it turns deep orange and becomes sweeter and richer. It grows on a vine. Winter squash should be picked when mature and fruits have hard rinds.This vegetable can be roasted, pureed for soups or mashed and used for casseroles, breads, and muffins.
In-Season: Mid July- December
Selection & Storage: Buy well-grown whole butternut squash instead of its sections. Look for a mature product that features a fine woody note when you tap on it and is heavy in hand. Its stem should be stout and firmly attached to the fruit. Avoid those with wrinkled surface, spots, cuts, and bruises. Once at home, well-ripened squash can be stored for many weeks in cool, humid-free, well-ventilated place at room temperature. However, cut sections should be placed inside the refrigerator where they keep well for a few days.