Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata) is a type of winter squash. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp with seeds in the bottom.
One of the most common ways to prepare butternut squash is roasting. To do this, the squash is cut in half lengthwise, lightly brushed with cooking oil or put in a thin layer of water and placed cut side down on a baking sheet. It is then baked for 45 minutes or until soft. Once roasted, it can be eaten in a variety of ways. The fruit is prepared by removing the skin, stem, and seeds, which are not usually eaten or cooked. However, the seeds are edible and can be eaten either raw or roasted.
It is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, A, & E, manganese, magnesium, & potassium.