Butternut squash is a winter squash whose appearance resembles a long, narrow, light-skinned pumpkin. Originally from Mexico, the butternut squash has a nutty, sweet taste, similar to the flavor of pumpkin. One way to serve butternut squash is by grilling it, serving it with butter, and seasoning it with cinnamon and sugar. Butternut squash is used to make soup, pie filling, and as an ingredient to other recipes. It is a fruit containing protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, Vitamin A, beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Winter squash can be stored for several months in a dark, cool, dry location. Don't wash prior to storing.
Examine the coloring of the butternut squash's rind. Avoid butternut squash with green markings on the rind, which is an indication of premature harvesting.
Pick up the butternut squash and test the weight. It should feel heavy for its size, with a firm and hard rind.
Inspect its color. An unripe butternut squash is light colored, while a ripe butternut squash has a darker, rich color. When ripe, the butternut squash is ready for cooking.