Butternut Squash

butternut-squashSee also squash.

Butternut squash is a large, cylindrical winter squash with a buff, yellow coloring and flesh ranging from yellow to orange. It is long and skinny, measuring between 8 to 12 inches in length and up to 3 to 5 inches in diameter at its bulbous base, and can weigh 2 to 3 pounds. It is a sweet squash that can be baked, steamed or simmered. It will keep for several months in a cool, dry place.