Butternut Squash is one of the most versatile and easiest to recognize of the winter squashes. This squash, which looks like an elongated bell with a smooth, beige skin, has a creamy texture once cooked, and can be halved lengthwise and baked, used in gratins, or peeled, cubed, and steamed. Once cooked by steaming or baking, it is also delicious in purees, soups, and pies.
Grown by both Valley Flora Farm (Langlois) and Lehne Farms LLC (Roseburg), and coming from one or the other, as specified above. Each squash averages about 2-3 lbs. each. Both farms grow 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.