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Can You Juice Butternut Squash?

by Wendy K. Leigh

Butternut squash is a good source of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and C, making it a viable addition to health-focused juice recipes. The soft flesh inside adds pulp and sweetness, while the outer skin provides roughage if you choose to keep it in the drink.

Easy Squeeze

Cut the butternut squash into 3-inch strips with a thickness of approximately 1/2 inch, then drop a handful at a time into the juicer's feeding tube. Add other ingredients as desired; try an apple and a dash of cinnamon for an earthy, spicy drink. If your juicer automatically separates the squash pulp from the juice, add at least a a couple of tablespoons of pulp back into the juice in order to gain the nutrients and roughage. Use the remaining pulp to make soup, or freeze it for future use.

Back to Nature

For the most flavor and sweet liquid, buy the freshest squash available, preferably from a local farmers market or direct from the fields. Choose organic squash if possible to ensure that your juices are free from pesticides, chemicals and growth hormones.

About the Author

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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