The classic butternut squash is one of the most popular varieties. Producing a rich, golden-yellow flesh with excellent texture, butternuts are a smooth long-necked bowling pin- or bell-shaped squash encased with a pinkish-tan hard rind. Having a relatively small seed cavity in its bulbous end, its tender flesh offers a superb creamy flavor. This old favorite offers fine eating and consistent flavor. Yielding more meat than most other squashes, butternuts weigh two to five pounds.
All squashes provide vitamin A and vitamin C, some of the B vitamins, and are a good source of fiber. One cup of cooked squash has about 100 calories.
To prepare, cut well rinsed squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Bake, roast, grill or puree.