Produce Spotlight: Acorn Squash

Hello all and Happy Friday! What better way to end the week and start the weekend than the promise of a fresh box of produce arriving in just days? Next week, we will be featuring some amazing produce: crimini mushrooms, beets, chard, baby bok choy, and this week’s spotlight item – acorn squash!

The holidays have passed, yet the urge for something sweet, buttery and fulfilling still lingers. Don’t let your sweet tooth get in the way of starting and staying healthy in 2013! Try the ever-delicious baked acorn squash with butter and brown sugar. It is a fan favorite and truly a treat.

Acorn squash is more than just a baked good. Unknown to many, the acorn squash is super versatile! Just how many different dishes can one make with this squash? found 10 great new ways to enjoy acorn squash, hitting every tastebud and every type of dish.

Now, while acorn squad is mighty tasty, it is also really good for you! According to Yahoo!:

This fiber was once a routine aspect of all diets, and for the most part has been driven out by processing and modern taste preferences. It is essential for digestion and has been found a preventive for various forms of cancer, lung disease and all around good health.

The Vitamin A component is good for men’s health as well as smokers. Smoking cigarettes depletes Vitamin A in the system, but further studies need to be conducted. Acorn Squash is abundant in the nutrient beta-carotene. Beta-carotene prevents the oxidation of cholesterol in the vessels. Thus, no plaque develops causing restricted blood flow leading to heart disease.

It doesn’t really get much better than that! So, tell us, how will you be eating your acorn next week? 

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