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Butternut squash is a type of winter squash. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. It grows on a vine. Butternut squash is a fruit that can be roasted and toasted and also be puréed (to make a soup) or mashed into soups, casseroles, breads, and muffins. The fruit is prepared by removing the skin, stalk and seeds, which are not usually eaten or cooked. One of the most common ways to prepare butternut squash is roasting, this method being widely used in Chicago. To do this, the squash is cut in half lengthwise, lightly brushed with cooking oil, and placed cut side down on a baking sheet. It is then baked for 45 minutes or until it is softened. Once roasted, it can be eaten in a variety of ways as outlined above. The roasted butternut squash is similar in taste to the roasted sweet potatoes, only that the first one is a bit richer and nuttier than the sweet potatoes.

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