Acorn squash fit into the edible plant category, so they can definitely be included as part of a healthy Paleo lifestyle. Although they’re biologically related to summer squash (such as zucchini), acorn squash are in season in the fall and winter and they have much more in common with winter squash. For starters, they are much hardier than their summer squash brethren. They have a thick peel and will stay good for months if kept in a cool, dry place.
The Benefits of Acorn Squash
Acorn squash provide an excellent source of beta carotene (though not as much as most of the other winter squash varieties). They are also high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin C, but that’s just the flesh of the acorn squash. When you scoop out the seeds, you can wash them off, toast them, and eat those, too. The cavity left in the squash makes a perfect bowl for stuffing with meat and veggies, roasting, and serving as an edible bowl.
Acorn Squash Leaves
If you’re growing your own acorn squash, you can even eat the leaves that grow off the top. It’s a great way to get your greens in and branch out into trying different foods.
Mark Sisson recommends acorn squash as a smart fuel in this post.