Butternut Squash

Homegrown goodness, incredible flavor, and super versatile.

Butternut squash is aptly named with its buttery texture and a slightly nutty flavor. It was developed by crossing pumpkin and gooseneck squash in the 1940s in Massachusetts (Wikipedia). Its flavor has been described as a cross between sweet potato and pumpkin. In fact, in Australia, it’s called butternut pumpkin. Its dense flesh is packed with vitamins and is low in calories.

Vining butternut squash is a vigorous grower. You can grow butternut squash vertically and easily train it up a trellis to save space in the vegetable garden and it can provide shade to plants that might scorch in late summer’s heat. Butternut is a familiar squash with tan skin that is tough (try removing the rind/skin with your potato peeler) and can be difficult to cut. The flavor is slightly sweet and makes an excellent base for soup and as a ravioli add-in.

Butternut squash is a warm season grower and seeds can be germinated indoors if you have a shorter growing season in your Zone. Not surprisingly due to their fruit size, large leaves, and abundance, they are heavy feeders that like rich soil and plenty of sun. Growing butternut squash vertically provides the space the vines need to trail and wind without crowding other vegetables in the garden. You can expect two to six squash per plant depending on the size and variety you are growing.

Butternut squash is extremely versatile in the kitchen and can be included in both sweet and savory dishes. The squash can be steamed, cubed, roasted, mashed, and pureed. It’s a savory side dish, addition to fall and winter stew, and makes a delicious soup. In addition to its high fiber content, butternut squash also provides antioxidant benefits.

If you plan to start your seeds indoors, be sure to check out our Bio Dome Seed Starter Kit. With the Bio Dome, you can control the temperature, light, and soil mix to ensure your seeds become strong for transplant.