Butternut, like other winter squashes, has a lot to offer, nutritionally speaking. Butternut's deep-orange flesh is richer in complex carbohydrates and, as you might guess by its color, in beta-carotene. Butternut squash is also a very good source of dietary fiber, and supplies vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, and a good amount of potassium.
Its dense, rich-tasting flesh is another good reason to eat butternut squash: Baked and mashed with a little maple syrup or brown sugar and sweet spices, the squash tastes very similar to pumpkin pie. Chunks or cubes of squash can be baked or can be added to hearty stews.
Our Earth Exotics™ packaging is unique and is designed for ease of use and with the intent of creating very little waste. Although our packaging is microwave capable, it is not the optimal way to prepare vegetables. We highly encourage you to try other cooking methods such as roasting, sautéing, steaming, and even boiling in some cases. You will find that the vegetables will have a better texture and flavor by utilizing some of these tried and true cooking methods, and will leave you with a better eating experience.
ROAST: Preheat oven to 400°. Remove product from bag, place on a baking sheet or roasting pan, toss with olive oil salt and pepper and roast for 20 - 30 minutes.
Butternut Squash/1 cup cooked
Total fat (g) 0.2
Saturated fat (g) 0
Monounsaturated fat (g) 0
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.1
Dietary fiber (g) 5.7
Protein (g) 2
Carbohydrate (g) 22
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Sodium (mg) 8
Beta-carotene (mg) 8.5
Vitamin C (mg) 31
Magnesium (mg) 60
Manganese (mg) 0.4
Potassium (mg) 582
Butternut squashes range from about two to four pounds in weight; the size you buy will depend on your needs. There is no such thing as an "overgrown" winter squash; and the longer the squash grows, the sweeter it will be.
The squash should feel heavy for its size. Choose squash that is firm to the touch. Earth Exotics™ Butternut Squash is already trimmed and cubed for convenience, look for slightly moist squash. However, old Butternut Squash may have a milky white residue.
Butternut and other winter squashes are among the best-keeping vegetables. Uncut squash should keep for three months or longer in a cool, dry place. Earth Exotics™ Butternut Squash should be stored in refrigeration below 45°F. Uncooked cut squash will keep for up to a week if tightly wrapped and refrigerated.
HANDLING & PREPARATION
Earth Exotics™ Butternut Squash is easy to prepare. The product has been cleaned, trimmed and cubed for your convenience. The cubed pieces can be used in Stews, Soups or Baked.