STOW, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The season of brightly colored trees, pumpkin-flavored foods, cider, and soup is among us in Massachusetts. While many know of the state's importance in American history, few know the state's impact on one popular winter food.
Butternut squash is said to have originated on farmland that is now home to Butternut Farm Golf Course in Stow. Charles Leggett, a resident of Stow, developed the strain of squash in 1944 making the popular seasonal squash just 78 years old.
"He crossed a pumpkin with a gooseneck squash which produces the long neck of the butternut squash," Jim and Brian from Butternut Farm Golf Course said.
WBZ's Madison Rogers asked some people in Stow if they knew their town's history when it comes to Butternut Squash.
One woman said she had no idea, "No, [but] I am going to be telling this story to everybody I know," she told Rogers.
The squash got its name from its smooth buttery texture and sweet taste. Jim and Brian said their favorite way to eat it is with a bit of brown sugar.
The squash is harvested in late summer and autumn, but can be found year-round.
There is controversy surrounding the origin, as Leggett worked with scientists in Waltham who later released the new strain as the “Waltham Butternut.”