UNITED STATES—Some vegetables you stumble upon by mistake. One of those veggies that never caught my attention until a few years back was butternut squash. I saw the veggie being cooked in a dish on Food Network and I had to try it. It’s a member of the squash family; and it’s notably popular during the winter months. When it comes to identifying the vegetable it has an odd shape, with a yellowish, orange texture on the inside.
Some have compared it to pumpkin, but I would beg to differ. The two are definitely relatives though, as referenced by the multitude of pumpkin like seeds at the bottom of the vegetable. I would not recommend eating the vegetable raw, I have on occasion used small chunks in smoothie drinks to enhance vegetable intake. Be careful to counter the butternut squash with fruits that pack a bit of sweetness to create a balance.
Cooking tip: With the winter months upon us, the butternut squash is a great addition to stews, particularly beef stew. Take your essential root veggies, chunks of beef stew, salt, pepper and diced cubes of butternut squash and you have a warm and tasty supper.
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