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How to choose a butternut squash

Mature winter squashes like the butternut have tough skin that protects their firm, yellow-orange flesh and allows them to last longer than their fleeting summer squash relatives.

A butternut is so self-reliant that it doesn't even need to be refrigerated, and can be stored in a cool dark place for several weeks. So how do you choose a good one? First, pick it up. It should be heavy for its size. Look it over and make sure its skin is firm and free of bruises. Check for brown frostbite scars, which can affect the squash's texture and longevity, and punctures or cuts, which can let bacteria in and cause mold.

Reference: What is butternut squash?
Reference: How to peel and seed a butternut squash?
Recipe: Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe: Pork Roast And Butternut Squash Salad (Gluten-free Girl)
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