They're similar to, but not as sweet as, butternut
squash, and usually require pre-cooking to cut open.
"That's why you're not finding butternuts," I said.
Trees with natural resistance may be the best hope for the American butternut. "We don't know if resistant trees even exist," Ostry says, but he is attempting to locate healthy butternuts in order to obtain scion wood.
Researcher Mike Ostry would like to hear from anyone owning healthy butternuts that have the following criteria:
A half hour later, we stood at the base of a wide-spreading butternut nestled amid white oaks overlooking the Red Cedar River.
Butternut squash and parmesan soup Serves 4 Ingredients 800ml good vegetable stock 50g butter 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1kg butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed (reserve 20g for the garnish) 100g parmesan cheese, plus its outside rind, chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper For the garnish 20g butternut squash seeds, taken from the squash 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or enough to cover the seeds 100g fresh cep or porcini mushrooms, cut into bite-sized pieces bunch of chives, chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 20g Parmesan cheese, cut into 5mm dice Method First, make the soup.
When it's soft, add the diced butternut squash and sweat over a medium heat for 2 minutes.
To make the garnish, toast the butternut squash seeds in a dry frying pan over a low heat until fragrant, then cover with the vegetable oil and simmer gently for five minutes.
The butternut canker, known as Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum, was first detected in the United States in 1967, but scientists theorize that it was in existence here much earlier.
"We work directly with loggers and foresters in order to get them to stop cutting the remaining healthy butternut trees.
Pope said dead butternut trees can stand for four to five years and fatten trees are salvageable two to three years after.
"Historically there hasn't been a tot of butternut lumber or veneer available.
Today, the DEC tree nursery in Saratoga Springs produces healthy specimens of both the American chestnut (Castanea dentata [Marshall] Borkhausen) and the butternut (Juglans cinerea) for redistribution throughout the state.
To assist the recovery of the butternut tree, DEC foresters are cooperating with the U.S.
The butternut tree is recognized by its broad, flat bark ridges that give the trunk a sanded appearance.