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Squash (vegetable)


Yellow Squash
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Violales[?]
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
C. digitata
C. ficifolia
C. foetidissima
C. maxima - winter squash, pumpkin
C. mixta - pumpkin
C. moschata - crookneck squash
C. okeechobeensis
C. palmata
C. pepo
ITIS 22365 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=22365) 2002-11-06
Squashes are classified as summer squash or winter squash, depending on when they are harvested.

Summer squashes (such as zucchini[?], pattypan[?], yellow crookneck[?]) are harvested during the summer, while the skin is still tender and the fruit relatively small. They are consumed almost immediately and require only a little cooking, or none at all.

Winter squashes (such as hubbard[?], acorn[?], pumpkin[?]) are harvested at the end of summer, generally cured to further harden the skin, and stored in a cool place for eating later. They generally require longer cooking time than summer squashes.

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