National Acorn Squash Day is a great occasion to remember squash, not the sport, but acorn squash. This is the name of a water or summer pumpkin, a fruit of the same species with vegetables, such as zucchini. Squash is an excellent source of carbohydrates and nutrients.
Acorn squash differs from other types of pumpkins in its bright, saturated color. It is rich in valuable, useful nutrients. It grows in Central and North America, brought there by Native Americans. Its shape resembles an acorn, and weighing from 1 to 4 pounds, the gourd ripens closer to winter. The color of the fruit varies from white to green, but the most commonly grown has a dark green hue with a bright orange spot in the center. The pulp is orange, sweetish, with a pleasant, nutty flavor.
- The pulp is prepared in many ways – baked, fried, stewed, used for desserts or main dishes, or stuffed with meat or vegetables.
- Pumpkin seeds are also consumed – this is a source of potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and B.
- A serving of pumpkin contains a daily dose of vitamin A, which is essential for eye health.
- Regular consumption of pumpkin reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Squash is an excellent product for patients diagnosed with diabetes.
How to take part
Review your diet and add pumpkin to it. Studies have shown its beneficial nutrients protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation, reducing the likelihood of skin cancer. Fall is the time to eat more pumpkin, because its pulp strengthens the immune system, which is very useful on the eve of winter. If you have a garden, plant some pumpkin seeds, and if you love to cook, practice your culinary skills, showing your achievements on social networks.
When is National Acorn Squash Day in 2023?
National Acorn Squash Day is observed on September 7 each year.