Butternut Pumpkins (also known as Butternut Squash) belong to the gourd (Cucurbitaceae) plant family – making them a relative of zucchinis, cucumbers, other varieties of pumpkin, and even watermelon! Butternuts have a sweet, nutty taste, with a golden/tanned skin, and orange fleshy pulp. They’re often pear shaped, with a compartment of seeds in the bottom end – although we love ugly, misshapen butternuts, and ours are often a variety of shapes and sizes! They’re versatile and delicious – try them roasted, puréed for soup, or mashed.
Butternuts are rich in beta-carotene (a precursor for Vitamin A), as well as Vitamin C.
Store Butternuts whole and unpeeled in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard. They can last many weeks or months this way. If you only use half of your butternut, cover and refrigerate the remainder, and use within a week.