November 1, 2012

Veggie Fact of the Day

Turban Squash
Turban Squash is a winter squash belonging to the same family as buttercup and blue hubbard squash. It has a rather tough outer shell and is typically heavy for its size. The striking bright orange color of the shell mixed with dark green striations make it a favorite fall decoration for most Americans and it can often be seen sitting by its own some lonesome on a bale of hay. Occasionally, it might be accompanied by a pumpkin, or some mums, maybe even a scarecrow. Its name comes from the turban-like cap bordered with a dark piping where the cap means the body which makes it look a lot like a Turkish turban. The flesh inside is smooth and fine (similar to a butternut squash) and the flavor can vary from mild to sweet. Turban squash are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium and beta-carotene. Like most vegetables, it is also high in fiber and low in calories.

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