Carnival squash is a winter squash with a low flesh fiber content, making it a highly regarded table squash. Carnival squash are typically available in small sizes and have a deeply variegated pattern of fall oranges and greens on its thick skin. The cavity contains thousands of seeds with a lot of fibrous material. The fleshy interior is usually pale to deep orange in color.
Similar to its cousin the butternut squash, the carnivals squash has a buttery sweet flavor when roasted. As a family, winter squashes are low in calories, rich in complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber. They are a great source of Vitamins A, B1 (thiamin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (Folic acid). They are also a great source of omega-3-fatty acids, tryptophan and minerals such as Iron, copper, potassium and manganese. The rich orange color is as always, a signature of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of Vitamin A. Eat away! These yummy guys are full of amazing health benefits.