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NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY – September 7

National Acorn Squash Day - September 7

National Acorn Squash Day – September 7

 

NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY

September 7 celebrates a food holiday of a winter squash that is known to some as a pepper squash, it is National Acorn Squash Day.

Even though 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 in color, often with a splotch of orange on it’s 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 it’s name, an acorn.  They usually weigh between one to two pounds and are normally between four to seven inches long.  Acorn squash is a hardy squash that can be saved and last throughout the winter, keeping for several months, when stored in a cool, dry location.

Prepared in different ways for consumption, the acorn squash can be baked, microwaved, sautéed or steamed.  It is often prepared stuffed with rice, meat, cheeses or vegetable mixtures.   The seeds of the squash can be toasted, eaten and enjoyed.

Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium and also has some vitamin C and B, magnesium and manganese.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Acorn Squash Day, enjoy one of these (or all)  “tried and true” acorn squash recipes:

http://www.chow.com/recipes/13566-roasted-acorn-squash-with-wild-rice-stuffing
http://www.food.com/recipe/sausage-and-apple-stuffed-acorn-squash-146036
http://www.chow.com/recipes/27588-basic-roasted-acorn-squash

Post on social media using #NationalAcornSquashDay to alert others.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Acorn Squash Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

For more great information on these and other holidays, check out the “Queen of Holidays” Jace Shoemaker-Galloway at http://www.examiner.com/holidays-in-national/jace-shoemaker-galloway

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