National Acorn Squash Day Date in the current year: September 7, 2016

National Acorn Squash Day The National Acorn Squash Day is celebrated on September 7. This food holiday is dedicated to a variety of winter squash known as acorn squash, pepper squash, or Des Moines squash.

Although acorn squash is considered a winter squash because it is harvested and eaten when mature, it actually belongs to the same species as summer squashes, such as yellow crookneck squash and zucchini. It is so named because its shape actually resembles that of an acorn. Acorn squash is typically dark green, although golden yellow, white, and multicolored varieties also exist.

Acorn squash is quite widely used in cuisine. It is rich in potassium and dietary fiber and also contains vitamins B and C, manganese, and magnesium. Acorn squash can be baked, sauteed, steamed, or microwaved. It is sometimes stuffed with meat, rice, or vegetables.

You can easily cook stuffed acorn squash for the National Acorn Squash Day. Half and seed 1 acorn squash. Place each half in a shallow baking dish, face up. In each half place 1 cup dry bread stuffing mix, 3/4 cup chicken broth, 2 tbs brown sugar, 2 tbs butter, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.

Wrap each half with aluminum foil and bake at 400 °F for 60 minutes. The squash is ready when it turns very tender.

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