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Paleo Foods: Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash highlights

These acorn-shaped squash are considered a winter squash and a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Like other winter squash, they reach maturity during the fall and winter months, and are an excellent source of healthy carbohydrates. They have a sweet and nutty flesh, and are great pureed or diced and roasted in the oven.

Nutrition Details

NutrientAbsolute amount, per 1 cup chopped acorn squash%DV, per 1 cup chopped acorn squash
Vitamin A514 IU10%
Vitamin C15.4 mg26%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.2 mg13%
Niacin (Vitamin B5)1.0 mg5%
Vitamin B60.2 mg11%
Folate23.8 mcg6%
Potassium486 mg14%
Manganese0.2 mg12%
Magnesium44.8 mg11%
Dietary Fiber2.1 g8%

Macronutrients Macros in Context

Here’s how a serving of 1 cup of acorn squash stacks up in the context of a typical Paleo meal:

Blue bars show the typical range in grams for a Paleo meal. For example, a Paleo meal usually includes 30-60 grams of fat, but where you personally fall in that range will depend on your preference.

Orange dots shows how 1 cup of acorn squash fits into the typical nutrient profile of a Paleo meal.

Macros in Context - Acorn Squash

Buying it Buy It

Acorn squash are named after their resemblance to an acorn nut. Harvested in the fall and winter, acorn squash have green and orange-speckled skin with a yellow-orange flesh.

Cooking with it Cook It


Make a curry-inspired soup, then serve with spicy meatballs.


Cut an acorn squash in half, coat with butter, then stuff and roast with Italian sausage and veggies.


Slice squash into wedges, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast until tender.


Bake acorn squash, then puree in butter, salt and nutmeg.

Recipe ideas Recipe Ideas

Curried Acorn Squash Soup

Curried Acorn Squash Soup

Roasted Acorn Squash And Shallots

Roasted Acorn Squash And Shallots

Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberries

Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberries

Apple, Walnut, and Cranberry Stuffed Squash

Apple, Walnut, and Cranberry Stuffed Squash

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