Acorn Squash
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Truly a seasonal treat, winter squash appears in the stores when the leaves start to signal fall. There are several types of squash to choose from, including acorn and Hubbard. These hard-skinned squash, like a pumpkin, have dense, firm flesh and a hollow center filled with seeds. Scoop the seeds out and roast them in salt and oil for a nutritious treat. The flesh can be eaten in many ways, included roasted in the oven, pureed and added to soups or pastas, baked into breads, or even grilled. It’s bursting with vitamins and antioxidants, and it tastes great.

Health Benefits
Squash in very high in vitamin A, and also contains fiber, vitamins C, B6, B1, potassium, and folate. It has been found to contain phytonutrients, which may help prevent cancer.

Fun Facts

  • Squash was originally cultivated for its seeds
  • Columbus brought squash to Europe from the New World.

Selection Tips
Choose dry, solid squash free of cuts, dents, and bruises.

The Fresh1 squash comes from Florida and is available September through November.

Store squash in a cool dry place, and use within a couple months of purchase.


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