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Celebrate the squash family year-round
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Updated: 10/02/2013 08:00:01AM

Celebrate the squash family year-round

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Judy E. Buss

Butternut squash salad with nuts

Zucchini with tomato

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It’s October, and Halloween is right around the corner. Besides ghosts, costumes, and mountains of candy (please pass the insulin bucket … ), the pumpkin, a member of the squash family, is king. This pretty fruit and its many relatives of all shapes, colors, and sizes, deserve to remain center-stage all year long.

Of all the fruits we eat, squash are among the most nutritious. Mostly yellow or orange-fleshed, they are nutrient-dense and also contain exceptionally high levels of potassium and vitamin A. Fiber-rich, squash are extremely low in calories and fat, unless you cook them with tons of butter, cream or — sorry friends — marshmallows. Consuming squash has numerous health benefits, particularly for the skin, respiratory system and eyes.

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