What's in Season: Butternut squash
Butternut squash is one vegetable that really lives up to its name. This tasty fall and winter treat has a rich and creamy texture and a slightly nutty flavor that lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes.
"I usually bake it for about 20 minutes until the meat gets really tender — then you can do just bout anything with it," said Jason Wickenhauser, of Wilklow Orchards in Highland, N.Y.
Once the meat is tender, try seasoning it with salt and pepper for a simple side, or pureeing it with butter, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg for a
sweet treat. Butternut squash can add texture and flavor to thick winter soups, and it's tasty served in simple pastas. You can use it as a substitute in many dishes that call for potatoes — from mashes to latkes.
Butternut squash is low in calories, nearly fat free, and high in potassium, and vitamins A and C. It's readily available throughout the winter, and it's one of the easiest varieties of squash to serve because you can easily
remove the skin with a potato peeler. Fresh butternut squash costs about $1 per pound.