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