butternut squash


This large, cylindrical winter squash looks rather like a pear-shaped bat. It's 8 to 12 inches long, 3 to 5 inches at its widest point and can weigh from 2 to 3 pounds. The color of the smooth shell ranges from yellow to camel; the flesh is sweet and orange. It can be baked, steamed or simmered.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Peeling Butternut Squash

Butternut squash can be a pain to peel. We've got a quick trick to make the process much easier.

It's the Great Butternut Squash

A love letter to fall's best vegetable — er, fruit.

Butternut-Squash Hummus

If you're looking to go beyond your usual winter-squash soup or roasted vegetable recipes, try this butternut squash hummus.

Market Watch: Early Butternut Squash, and a Butternut Squash Focaccia Recipe

Typically winter squash isn’t ready until mid-October, but I get to enjoy it extra early since I grow this special variety in my garden.

Butternut Squash 5 Ways

This fall superstar gets hype for making a mean soup. Don’t get me wrong, butternut squash soup is an all-time fave in my house---- but there are more ways to dress up this delicious veggie. Here are our top 5.

Relax, It's Just Butternut Squash

Don’t be intimidated by breaking down a whole butternut squash! Check out Katie’s foolproof how-to gallery for step-by-step tips.

Butternut Squash, 3 Ways

These three recipes use roasted, pureed butternut squash in ways usually reserved for cheese — and you’ll never even miss it.

Spotlight Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

This seasonal butternut squash soup is going to kick off my Thanksgiving meal this year. It whips up pretty easily with an immersion blender, but if you don't have that tool, running batches through a blender is a simple solution.

Farro Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Almonds

This vegan stuffing stars farro, butternut squash and toasted almonds for an unexpected twist on a fall classic.

Can't Get Enough Butternut Squash?

Butternut squash is likely one of the most popular of the winter squash varieties. The yield is high and the uses are many.