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Cucurbita - Squash

Squash is one of the easiest vegetables to grow, and with so many colors and varieties available, they provide a lot of interest to any garden.

These frost-tender annual crops are grouped into summer squash and winter squash. Summer squash (such as zucchini, crookneck, straightneck, and patty pan) is harvested before it matures when the skin is tender and full of flavor. Winter squash (such as pumpkin, acorn, butternut, kabocha, and spaghetti squash) is harvested after the fruit is mature and often has a thicker, tougher rind.

Squash have two types of growth patterns. They can be upright and bushy (determinate) or grow flat on the ground and form vines.

All types of squash can be a healthy addition to your diet. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also contain fiber and water, making them both hydrating and good for the gut.

Summer and winter squash grow best in fertile, well-drained soil containing high amounts of organic matter in full sun.

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Cucurbita maxima - Winter Squash

Cucurbita maxima is a winter squash in the Cucurbitaceae plant family, alongside melons, spaghetti squash, and cucumbers. Native to subtropical areas of South America (Argentina-Bolivia-Uruguay), Cucurbita maxima is a long-vining plant, although some bush cultivars are now available.

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Cucurbita moschata - Winter Squash

Cucurbita moschata is a species of winter squash in the Cucurbitaceae plant family, alongside melons, spaghetti squash, and cucumbers. It is usually more tolerant of hot, humid weather than its cousins, C. maxima and C. pepo.

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Cucurbita pepo - Pumpkin

A beloved symbol of autumn, Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) are plump annuals grown for their fleshy, nutritious fruits. Carved into jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween and cooked into pies for Thanksgiving dessert in the United States and Canada, Pumpkins are easy and fun to grow.

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Cucurbita pepo - Zucchini

A staple of summer cuisine, Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) is a frost-tender annual grown for its fleshy, delicious fruit. A popular addition to ratatouille, mixed grills, summer salads, and stir-fries, Zucchini, also called Courgette or Baby Marrow, is easy to grow and prolific in the garden.

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