NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY
National Acorn Squash Day is observed annually on September 7th. The day celebrates winter squash that is also known to some as a pepper squash.
Even though it is considered a winter squash, acorn squash belongs to the same species as all summer squashes including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.
The acorn squash that is dark green, often with a splotch of orange on its side or top, is the most common variety. However, there are newer varieties, including the Golden Acorn and the White Acorn. They can also be variegated in color.
The shape of the squash resembles that of its name, an acorn. They usually weigh between one to two pounds and are generally between four and seven inches long. Acorn squash is a hardy squash that keeps for several months when stored in a cool, dry location.
Since acorn squash is versatile, it can be baked, microwaved, sautéed or steamed. Another option is to stuff it with rice, meat, cheeses, or vegetable mixtures. The seeds of the squash can be toasted much like pumpkin seeds.
Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium and also has some vitamin C and B, magnesium and manganese.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AcornSquashDay
Celebrate by enjoying one of these acorn squash recipes:
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NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY HISTORY
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