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 Free images of Vegetables - Squash

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What’s the difference between a gourd and a squash and a pumpkin?

Pumpkins, squash and gourds are all members of an enormously diverse plant family called Cucurbitaceae.  This diverse group has more than 100 genera and over 700 species!

Botonists identify each species by examining the leaves, stems, seeds and fruit of each plant. Two popular cucurbit categories are squash and gourds.  

Squash -

Squash are mostly edible, and gourds are mostly inedible but have ornamental and utilitarian uses.  Squash that are round, orange and may be carved are typically called pumpkins.

Squash can further be divided into two categories – summer or winter squash. These classifications have nothing to do with growing or harvest times.  "Winter" squash or hard-skinned refer to those species that take longer to mature, keep well and can be stored into the winter.   Some winter squash examples are  Acorn squash, Small Hubbard, Miniature Pumpkins and Spaghetti squash.  Some of the larger winter squash are Banana, Butternut, Large Hubbards, Cushaws, etc.

Summer or tender squash has tender skins and include – Zucchini, Pattypan, Straightneck, Crookneck, to name a few.

Gourds - 

Gourds are hard-shelled fruit that are grown for ornamental purposes or to be used as utensils.  Species like the Turban Gourd and the ornamental Autumn Wings are all squashes while  Hardshell, Bottle or Dipper gourds are relatives of the Cucurbita genus, but are in the species Lagenaria siceraria.  Hardshell gourds have been used as bottles and containers for liquid and dry materials.


Heart of Gold

A combined Sweet Dumpling and Acorn Squash variety.  A sweet-flavoured squash.


Autumn Wing Gourd

A purely ornamental gourd.

Turk's Turban

Also known as French Turban.  This is an heirloom squash related to the Buttercup squash.  May be eaten or used for decoration.

Kabocha Squash

Do not confuse with a Buttercup, there are slight differences.  Kabocha is rounder in shape and its stem is hard like a tree trunk.

 

Squash

Fun squash facts...

The name "squash" comes from the Narrangansett Native American word "askutasquash" which means "eaten raw or uncooked".

Squash originated in Mexico and Central America.  The American Indians shared the seeds with Europeans and it now grows all over the world!

Early pilgrims made pie by hollowing out a pumpkin and then filling it with apples, sugar, spices and milk, placing the stem back on and then baking.  Sounds yummy!

All types of squash are good sources of Vitamins A and C, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Calcium.

 

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Chayote

Sechium edule, is commonly known as “Chayote Squash”.  This vegetable belongs to the gourd family along with melons, cucumbers and squash.  It is known by many names:  Cho-cho, Pear Squash, Vegetable Pear, Pataste, Dashkush, to name a few.

The Cayote is mainly eaten cooked and prepared like a squash.  It should be noted that all of the plant can be eaten including the root, stem, seeds and leaves.

 

 

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Green pear shaped squash

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Fruits & 
Vegetables

Fruits are the fleshy edible part of a plant that contains its seeds. Most people think that rhubarb is a fruit, but technically, rhubarb is a vegetable.

Vegetables are plants that are cultivated for their edible parts which include roots, stems, leaves or flowers.  Therefore, a zucchini is botanically a fruit, but is used as a vegetable.

 

 

 

"Anyone can count 
the number of seeds 
in an apple, 
but only God 
can count 
the number of 
apples in a seed."

~ Robert H. Schuller ~

 

 

 

 

"Might it be,
that the produce manager is more important to your children's health 
than is the pediatrician?"

~ Meryl Streep ~

 

 

 

 

"Let my words,
like vegetables,
be tender and sweet,
for tomorrow,
I may have to 
eat them."

~ Author Unknown ~

 

 

 

 

"An onion can make
people cry,
but there's no
vegetable
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~ Anonymous ~

 

 

 

 

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lose much weight,
from a distance,
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