Fall Produce 101: Butternut Squash

 What’s not to love about a vegetable that has butter and nut in its name at the same time? Absolutely everything if you ask me. The butternut squash, which is in the same family as the pumpkin, may not get as much recognition as its other “family member” or some of the other seasonal fruits and vegetables, but there is no reason to steer clear of this winter squash!

The butternut squash contains a high concentration of vitamin A, a powerful natural anti-oxidant required for the body to maintain the quality of your skin, membranes, and eyesight. It’s rich in B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid.

Just like like the pumpkin, it has similar mineral properties like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. As if this wasn’t enough, the seeds of the butternut squash are full of fiber, tryptophan, which converts to a health benefiting chemical in the brain, and monounsaturated fatty acids (you know, the good kinds) that benefit heart health.

Now that you can see all of the amazing health benefits of the butternut squash, it’s time for you to eat up! Start with these 15 butternut squash recipes from Gimme Some Oven and you’ll be well on your way to being a butternut squash convert.

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