Fall harvest squash varieties are now available in stores and marketplaces. They are full with nutrients and health benefits that everyone should consider.
There are many varieties of winter squash (fall harvest squash) such as pumpkin, spaghetti squash, acorn squash and butternut squash and others less popular. Each type exhibits differences in color or shape, size and flavor, but all have hard shells that allows winter squash to have a longer storage life.
Squash provides numerous health benefits that may reduce the risk of many diseases, including respiratory diseases, asthma symptoms, breathing problems or shortness of breath, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and arthritis, due to the high levels of alpha-beta-carotene (Vitamin A), vitamin C, magnesium, polysaccharides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds:
Winter squash can be baked, boiled or steamed and can be used in many food recipes and delicious desserts.
Do not forget to save the seeds that you scoop out of your winter squash! They are a good source of rich nutrients and a healthy and delicious snack. You can eat them plain or bake them with rock salt on a cookie sheet at 160 to 170 degrees, for about 15 – 20 minutes