National Acorn Squash Day
annually on September 7th
The acorn squash, a gourd or acorn shaped winter squash, is celebrated on this day. Winter squashes, such as the butternut squash, are eaten in the mature fruit stage when the skin is hard and its seeds have fully matured, whereas summer squashes are harvested when they are immature and their skin is still soft enough to be eaten. Although the acorn squash is a winter squash, it actually belongs to the same squash family as summer squashes such as the zucchini and yellow summer squash. Other names for it are the pepper squash and Des Moines squash. The first evidence of squashes being eaten is by Native Americans in the Ocampo Caves of Mexico, between 7,000 and 5,000 BCE. The word "squash" is taken from the Narragansett word meaning "eaten raw, green", and the word was first printed in English in 1634, after European settlers had previously been introduced to the squash by Native Americans. There are a variety of ways to cook the acorn squash, such as baking, sauteing, or steaming it, and it is rich in fiber, as well as potassium and other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes it is stuffed with other vegetables, or meat or rice.
How to Observe National Acorn Squash Day
National Acorn Squash Day should be celebrated by eating acorn squash, of course! There are innumerable ways it can be cooked.