Information is from the National Day Calendar:
National Acorn Squash Day is observed annually Sept. 7.
This day celebrates a food holiday of a winter squash that is also known to some as a pepper squash.
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 generally between four and 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.