Winter Squash is the Harvest of the Month for December. It is an excellent vegetable for the cold weather months in Montana. Winter Squash is grown during the summer and harvested in the fall. Due to the hard rind, the squash are able to be stored well into winter, thus the name, “winter, squash”.
Gourds, cucumbers, and melons are all part of the Cucurbit family, but all have different origins. Squash and pumpkins are native to the Americas, while cucumbers originated in eastern Asia and melons in Africa and Persia. To some Native American tribes, corn, beans, and squash are known as the “Three Sisters”. These plants were grown together and were staples of many tribes in North America.
They are a great nutrition booster to a meal as they are loaded with Vitamins A and C and provide approximately the same amount of potassium as bananas. Vitamin A helps maintain good vision and keeps skin healthy. Winter Squash is delicious on its own, roasted with seasonings, or add cubed winter squash to chili or pizza for a delicious and vitamin packed meal.