Types of Squash

Since I mentioned the fact that squash is technically a fruit in the post about tomatoes, I thought I’d create a post about the different types of squash.

There are both summer and winter squash varieties. Here’s an explanation of why some are called winter and others are called summer:

The term “summer” and “winter” for squash are only based on current usage, not on actuality. “Summer” types are on the market all winter; and “winter” types are on the markets in the late summer and fall, as well as winter … [it] dates back to a time when the seasons were more crucial to man’s survival than they are now. ‘Good keepers’ became known as winter vegetables if they would ‘keep’ until December. (Whatscookingamerica.net)

The list of different squash varieties is dizzying:

Butternut Squash
Spaghetti Squash
Acorn Squash
Autumn Cup
Banana Squash
Buttercup Squash
Gold Nugget
Sweet Dumpling

Whew! To read detailed info about each of these varieties, check out the What’s Cooking America link above.

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I was visiting a farmers market in Nashville recently and saw a type of squash I never seen before. I live in Alberta Canada and the market was interesting to see. The squash was flat but was shaped like a flower and had a white color too it. If you know this type please tell me. Sincerely A. PIETRZYK

i thought the cucumber was a type of squash…am i wrong?

My parents found a squash in southern Texas at a flea market. It is shaped somewhat like an eggplant and is green with some markings like a zucchini and smooth skin. I believe it is a summer-type squash. Can anyone please tell me what kind of squash this might be?

I have grown Striped sqash in my garden. Now my husband believes they are ripe and ready to eat(they are green), I think that they should be a browny orange. Can someone help me?

In Honduras we ate a medium (not too light or too dark) green-skinned squash called Pastitio or Pitastio and I want to find it in the USA. It is not an acorn or zucchini squash and was cooked with carrots.