With harvest green skin speckled with orange patches and pale yellow-orange flesh, this squash has a unique flavor that is a combination of sweet, nutty and peppery.
- No single food provides a greater percentage of certain carotenoids (alpha and beta-carotene) than winter squash. These are recognized as great antioxidants.
- There is a also very good amount of vitamin C in winter squash (about one-third of the Daily Value in every cup) and a very good amount of the antioxidant mineral manganese as well.
- Recent research has shown that the cell wall polysaccharides found in winter squash also possess antioxidant properties, as do some of their phenolic phytonutrients.
- Molecules called cucurbitacins contained in winter squash are effective as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substances.
Best Ways to Use
- Make a creamy hummus that is perfect for dipping or spreading by processing it with chickpeas, olive oil, seasonings, and lemon juice.
- Simply cut one in half and bake, then fill with your favorite fillings.
- Cut into cubes and add into stir-fry’s, curries, and other entrees.