Of all the Winter Squash varieties available in the fall, Butternut is a favorite! It’s one of the easiest to recognize and one of the most versatile of the winter squashes. This squash, which looks like an elongated bell with a smooth, beige peel, has a creamy texture once cooked, and can be halved lengthwise and baked; used in gratins; or peeled, cubed, and steamed. (It’s also one of the easiest winter squashes to peel!) Once cooked by steaming or baking, it is also delicious in purees.
Valley Flora Farm (Langlois) grows butternut squash, averaging anywhere from 1-1/2 lbs. to 4 lbs. each, using organic practices. Butternut are one of the best winter keepers, with up to a six-month “shelf life”. Store in a cool, dry spot (the floor of your pantry works, or in an unheated room or the garage). Don’t store in plastic because the plastic traps in moisture and may encourage rot.