Buttercup squash is a winter variety that can be used in a wide range of recipes. It has a sweet taste, and it commonly used as a substitution for sweet potatoes. This makes it unique to other varieties, since it can be used as both a dessert squash, as well as a main course. Sometimes buttercup squash can be used as part of a table centerpiece.
One common use for buttercup squash is as a main entree or dish. It can be mashed and pureed into soups, and this preparation is popular in many countries. The squash can also be baked or mashed, much like sweet potatoes. Flavoring can be added to enhance taste, including butter, cinnamon, honey, or salt. Other, less conventional, seasonings can also be added to create unique flavors. These are especially effective when combining spicy or savory flavors to complement the sweetness of the squash.
Buttercup squash can also be used as a filler in many recipes. It not only can be used to substitute for pumpkin or sweet potatoes, but it can be used in place for other foods as well. Most squashes are relatively large, so there is typically enough flesh within one plant to go a long way. This makes the buttercup squash ideal for larger recipes intended for many people.
The buttercup squash belongs to a family of squash which includes a variety of species. It is turban shaped, and features a green exterior with an orange flesh. To use the interior, the top can be cut and gutted much like a pumpkin. It can also be sliced into various pieces and the flesh can be peeled away from the shell. The outer shell is usually hard, so a sharp knife is needed to fully remove the edible portions.
Occasionally, buttercup squash can also be used as a centerpiece. This is commonly done as part of a harvest or Thanksgiving display, although it can be done at any time of year. The squash is typically combined with other crops, including other types of squash, zucchini, and other fall or winter vegetables.