Monthly Fresh Pick: Squash

Squash is a versatile and delicious vegetable that can be used in many ways. The different types of squash are convenient to prepare and can be used interchangeably in recipes since they all have a similar taste and texture. These fleshy vegetables have two main types of groups - summer squash and winter squash. Winter squash includes such types as: butternut, Hubbard, buttercup, ambercup, acorn, spaghetti squash and pumpkin squash. Summer squash includes such types as: Cousa, pattypan, yellow crookneck, yellow summer squash and zucchini. Of all the varieties, zucchini is the most popular. Summer squashes are harvested during the growing season, while the skin is still soft and the fruit rather small. They are eaten almost immediately and require little to no cooking. Winter squashes are harvested at maturity, generally at the end of summer, cured to further harden the skin and stored in a cool place until time for eating. They generally require a longer cooking time than summer squashes.