Acorn squash is in usually available year-round, with peak season from early October to December.
Health Benefits of Acorn Squash:
Acorn squash is high in antioxidants that help fight free radical damage.
Contains carotenoids, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, thiamine, magnesium, Vitamin B6 and other key nutrients.
How to Select Acorn Squash:
A ripe Acorn Squash will feel heavy for its size and has smooth, dull skin, and no soft spots. Look for one that has a good mix between green and orange coloring.
How to Store Acorn Squash:
Squash store best at an even 50°F in a dark place. This could be a cool and dark shelf, cabinet, or drawer in the kitchen, pantry, or closet. Squash are better off not touching each other or any hard surfaces.
Store acorn squash in a cool, dark place for up to one month.
Once cut, wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
How to Prepare Acorn Squash:
Rinse with running water. Place acorn squash on cutting board and use a large, sharp knife to cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and excess fiber from middle of squash.
The skin is edible and will soften upon cooking.
Fun Facts About Acorn Squash:
Acorn squash is a winter squash and member of the Cucurbitaceae family.