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Butternut

Butternut
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Availability

New Zealand butternut is available from December through to June.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in a cool, dry and dark place, when cut store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

The butternut squash is a Native American gourd that became popular in the mid-nineteenth century.

 

Facts

  • Butternut is a type of winter squash and is similar in taste to pumpkin
  • Butternut squash seeds are packed with energy as they contain around 35-40% oil and 30% protein

 

Growing Facts

  • Plant in mid Spring
  • Butternut grows well in a sunny, well-drained position
  • Butternut grows on a vine

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 115g - 1/2 cup, diced, baked

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 192/46 167/40
Protein (g) 1.0 0.9
Fat, total (g) 0.1 0.1
- saturated (g) 0.02 0.02
Carbohydrate (g) 12.1 10.5
- sugars (g) 2.3 2.0
Dietary Fibre (g) 3.7 3.2
Sodium (mg) 5 4
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 642 558
Vitamin C (mg) 17.4 15.1
Vitamin E (mg) 1.5 1.3
Niacin (mg) 1.2 1.0
Folate (µg) 22 19
Magnesium (mg) 33.4 29
Potassium (mg) 327 284
Thiamin (mg) 0.09 0.08
Calcium (mg) 47.2 41
Iron (mg) 0.7 0.6
Riboflavin (mg) 0.02 0.02
Zinc (mg) 0.15 0.13

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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