In Season: September to November
Winter squash come into season in the fall, and are a reminder that the growing season is coming to an end. They are packed full of nutrients that can be stored well into winter months. Winter squash varieties available at market include; Butternut, Pumpkin, Delicata, Buttercup, Sweet Dumpling, Spaghetti, Red Kuri and Acorn. Talk to your market vendor about the difference in tastes and uses of different types.
Store winter squash in a cool, dry, dark place with good ventilation. Stored this way they should last at least a month. Butternut and Acorn are the hardiest varieties and may keep for longer than this. Once you cut the squash, wrap it in a piece of plastic and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Winter squash is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fibre, Riboflavin, Folate, Magnesium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.