Season: July to December
Description: Acorn squash provides vitamin A and C which are antioxidants that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A helps maintain eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Acorn squash also provides potassium, vitamin K, magnesium, fiber and folate. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, vitamin K and magnesium help build and maintain strong bones, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular. Folate may reduce your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with folate before pregnancy helps lower the risk of delivering a baby with neural tube defects.
Selection: Select an acorn squash that is dull and heavy for its size. Avoid squash with soft spots or cracks..
Storing: Store in cool, dry areas away from extreme temperatures and sunlight. Acorn squash can stay fresh for up to 3 months.