Winter Squash (Cucurbita moshata and maxima)
Squashes are American natives and were cultivated to serve various purposes. Native Americans ate the shoots, leaves, flowers, and seeds of winter squash, and preserved the flesh in syrup. The yellow and orange flesh of winter squash is rich in beta-carotene. It contains goodly amounts of folacin and vitamin C as well.
- If you do get squash that you don't want to use this week, you can store it by keeping it in a dry place that is as close to 50 F as possible. Under a bed in a back room, in the garage, or in a dry basement. Keep it away from moisture and all should be well for 4 - 5 months at least.