The origin of this winter squash is not clear, but it’s been eaten in the Americas for over 4,000 years. It’s believed that Mayas are the ones who domesticated butternut squash and it still remains an important source of food in South and Central America.
Peak season from September to November, but it’s usually available between July and January.
Squash is unripe if you can push a fingernail into the rind. Unripe squash lacks flavour and sweetness. The rind should be free of imperfections with a uniform matt tan or beige colouring. Also, pay attention to weight. Squash should feel heavy for their size due to its high moisture content; they start losing moisture after harvest. The denser the squash, the better the flavour.
Squash is among the vegetables that lasts the longest. Just store in a cool dark and ventilated place for up to three months. It will begin deteriorating if placed in the refrigerator. To freeze, first slice into 2.5 cm pieces and blanch for 3 minutes before placing in a vacuum sealed container.