The Piccolo Squash

sourcing location

We use butternut squash, a winter squash, in several of our recipes, which we source from Spain and Hungary. The beautiful area of Murcia is particularly well known for growing this type of squash. Murcia is on southern east coast of Spain sitting on the Segura River, on the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula and known for its hot summers and mild winters; ideal for squash growing.

  • FROM THE KITCHEN

    Butternut squash is delicious roasted or steamed. You can now buy frozen chunks that you can pop straight into the roasting tin or in the steamer. Roasting enhances its natural sweetness and make fun orange ‘chips’.

  • NUTRITIONAL NUGGET

    Butternut squash, like other richly-coloured vegetables, are an excellent source of carotenes, especially beta-carotene. To name but a few of the vitamin and minerals packed into this punchy squash, the butternut squash also contains the vitamins C, A and B1 as well as folic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium and dietary fibre.

  • FUN
    FACT

    Butternut squash belongs in the family of gourds and melons, just like pumpkins and other winter squashes. They are called winter squashes because even though they are often harvested in autumn, because of their hard shell, they can be stored over the winter months.