Today, September 7th, is Acorn Squash Day! Although it may seem early to be including a winter squash in your meal, acorn squash are actually a close relative of summer squashes, like zucchinis.
Also known as a Pepper squash or Des Moines squash, this is a hardy vegetable that can be stored for months when left in a cool, dark place. They are dark green in color with a splash of orange on the top, giving it the appearance of an acorn. Typically they are around two pounds. They are an excellent source of calcium, fiber and potassium; and are rich in vitamins B and C.
Squash can be offered to your baby early on, when they are just starting to experiment with whole foods. When preparing, wash, peel and remove seeds. Cut into ¼ inch diced pieces to steam. Steam for around 20 minutes. Purees can be thinned out for younger eaters using breast milk, formula or water. The smooth texture of acorn squash creates a delicious blend when combined with most fruit as well as other veggies such as cauliflower or parsnips.