Squash Come in All Shapes, Sizes, and Varieties

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With the passing of Labor Day, it is now time to embrace a new season: Autumn/Fall! Not only does it bring in some colder weather, but also a slew of tasty seasonal produce! One such mighty contender is the squash. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the various kinds of this fruit. Plus, some easy dishes to make with them! 

A Squad of Squash

A squash is part of the gourd family and is native to the Andes and Mesoamerica. They fall into two main groups:

  1. With annual or short-lived vines that require a more or less continuous water supply. 
  2. Grows in zones that tolerate dry conditions. 

Also, did you know that they are fruit? This is because fruit contain seeds and develop from the flowers of a plant. Conversely, vegetables are a plant’s roots, stems, or leaves. All types of squash have seeds and come from the flowering part of plants. Blossoms are the edible flowers that grow out of them. 

Thus, they are fruit that comes in all shapes and sizes! Check out but a few of those varieties. 

The Summer Variety

These squash grow on bushy plants and are perfect when they are small and tender. September is the perfect month to pick the end of this harvest. 

The Winter Variety

These squash need a lot of room to stretch. In fact, their vines sprawl 10-15 feet in every direction. Depending on where you live, Autumn is the perfect time to harvest the first pickings of this fruit.

How to Use Them

Want to make the most out of the different kinds of squash? Well, you can use them in:

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

Lydia B. is a Marketing Coordinator and Music Club Coach for Gooroo Clubs. Don't let after-school be an afterthought - join Gooroo's online platform centred around hands-on project-based learning!