In the world of Southern chefs like Paula Deen, butter makes everything better. So how about a vegetable with butter in its name?
The butternut squash is a type of winter squash, heartier with a thicker rind than its summer cousin. And while winter squash comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, butternut squash is the most common, likely because of its flavor and versatility [source: The Cook's Thesaurus].
Butternut squash has more vitamin A than pumpkin, which is saying a lot. One serving has 354 percent of your daily recommended amount, more than enough to maintain healthy vision and skin. It's also loaded with B vitamins like folates, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 [source: Nutrition and You].
Sure they're healthy, but butternut squash also live up to their name. The yellowish orange interior flesh has a creamy, earthy taste, and tastes great when roasted or pureed into a winter soup.