Winter Squash Network for a Healthy California Tulare County Office of Education
Varieties of Winter Squash Acorn Banana Butternut Spaghetti Turban Pumpkin Hubbard Carnival
Reasons to Eat Winter Squash A ½ cup cooked of these winter squash provides: • An excellent source of vitamin A • A good source of vitamin C • A good source of fiber
Reasons to Eat Winter Squash • A good source of potassium • A good source of magnesium, thiamin, and vitamin B6 • A source of iron
What is Iron? • Iron is a mineral that helps move oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. • Iron carries oxygen throughout your body so cells can produce energy. • When your iron levels are low, you may feel tired or weak. • Iron also helps keep red blood cells healthy and helps the body fight infections.
Botanical Facts • Squash are gourds of • the Cucurbita(q-kurr-bit-ah) genus.
Varieties: Winter and Summer Winter squash are not grown or harvested in winter, but picked when fully ripe and feature a hard shell (rind) with thick skin you can not eat and a hollow seed cavity with fully developed seeds. The thick shell allows it to be stored for several months and eaten in the winter.
A Taste of Squash History Squash are one of the oldest cultivated crops in the Western Hemisphere.
A Taste of Squash History Squash were originally cultivated for their seeds, as early varieties did not contain much flesh and were very bitter. How would you describe a bitter taste?
A Taste of Squash History Winter squash first migrated to Europe from Peru by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizzaro.
Plant Parts We Can Eat Squash plants have many edible parts including the fruits, leaves, tendrils, flowers, and seeds.
Plant Parts We Can Eat The seeds are eaten whole, toasted, ground into paste, or pressed for oil. Shoots, leaves, and tendrils are eaten as greens. Blossoms are used for cooking and decoration.
Plant Parts We Can Eat Some plants have edible fruit but poisonous leaves like tomatoes. The fruit is perfectly ok to eat!
National School Lunch WeekMarch 4-8 Write in a journal what you ate for lunch at school and at home for two weeks. Write down only what you ate, not what was served. Which is healthier, lunch you ate at home or at school?
Quiz • Iron is a mineral that helps move _____from the lungs to the rest of the body. Oxygen 2. Winter squash grow best in the _______. Summer 3. Squash were originally cultivated for their _______. Seeds • Squash have many parts you can eat. True or False? True • Francisco Pizzaro invented pizza. True or False? False
Tasting TrioPumpkin Parfait • Ingredients: • 1. 1 can (29 oz) 100% pumpkin • 2. 1 container (32 oz) low-fat or fat-free vanilla • yogurt • 3. 1 quart-sized bag ( 3 cups) mini wheat cereal • Preparation: • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the canned pumpkin and yogurt. • 2. Gently break up the cereal to use as a topping. • 3. Make your parfaits, starting with the pumpkin • mixture, then topping it with the cereal.
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