Squash (Butternut)

Cucurbita moschata

The butternut squash is a cultivar of the musk squash (Cucurbita moschata). Its skin is hard but edible. The fruit flesh tastes slightly nutty.

The seeds taste of nothing before roasting and then also slightly nutty. However, their shells are harder than those of green pumpkin seeds.

Butternut squash seeds

Description
  1. Popular name(s): Butternut squash, Butternut pumpkin
  2. Botanical name: Cucurbita moschata
  3. Family: Cucurbitaceae
  4. Origin: Not naturally occurring.
  5. Edible: The skin, pulp and seeds are edible. The seeds taste better when roasted.
  6. Storage: If the skin has not been damaged, butternut will stay fresh in the refrigerator for many weeks. It can be frozen.
  7. Season: Late summer to early winter.

Butternut pumpkin

Butternutsquash

Butternutpumpkin

Butternut squash seeds and fruit flesh

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