Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals: nutritional benefits of butternut squash

Squash is an ancient food for Mexico, Guatemala and all Americas

Many squash species and varieties were raised by the Maya, Aztecs, and their neighbors: Mixtecs, Zapotecs and throughout Mesoamerica. Other squash species and varieties were raised by the American Indians across what became the USA.

Solitary bees Rabinal Baja Verapaz Nov 02 2017 EDITED EF web
We took the Butternut squash into our studio to examin the anatomy of the fruit.

Solitary bees Rabinal Baja Verapaz Nov 02 2017 EDITED EF web
This is a cross section and the part inside it.

Nowadays squash originally from USA is raised in Mesoamerica and Mesoamerican squash is raised across the USA. This page is about butternut squash, also known as one of the winter squashes.

Although this was developed in the 1940’s in USA, it is raised and readily available in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, etc. Butternut squash is very healthy, so definitely good to eat. gives the following vitamins and minerals for butternut squash:



6% Potassium 17%
Iron 7% Manganese 18%
Calcium 8% Vitamin B6 13%
Copper 7% Vitamin E 13%
Folate 10% Vitamin C about 52% of what you need
Niacin 10% Vitamin A over 400% daily dose
Magnesium 10%    


We will be comparing with native Mesoamerican squash

The ancient Maya ate maize, beans, squash, fruits, root crops, and altogether had several hundred edible plants available. But squash and root crops were important (along with maize, beans, fruits, etc).

In Mayan milpas today you find diverse species and varieties of squash. They also ate the fresh flowers of squash plants. Indeed squash flowers are often pictured in ballgame related art of several Mesoamerican cultures.

Since winter squash happens to be readily available in the Paiz supermarket which is two blocks from out office, we feature that this week.


Our goal is to significantly improve the health of people in remote areas

Diabetes 2 is so common in recent years, that it would be a courtesy to help local people learn about foods which are more healthy.


First Posted January 26, 2018