Fresh Butternut Squash Infusion (Caryoka nuciferum)

The butternut squash (Caryoka nuciferum) is part of the Cucurbitaceae genus, also known as the gourd family. This genus includes winter and summer varieties of gourds, marrows and squashes.

The name ‘squash’ stems from the word ‘askutasquash’, which means ‘green-raw-unripe’ in Narragansett Indian. They would literally eat them this way.

Summer varieties of squash have thin skins and are smaller in size, wh