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Home & Garden Squash Lovers, Rejoice: Here's Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know

20:30  19 july  2020
20:30  19 july  2020 Source:   countryliving.com

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a group of fruit and vegetables: Whether you're baking or cooking, squash can be absolutely delicious in a variety of meals. Here's everything you need to know about squash for your future tasty dishes. © StudioBarcelona - Getty Images Whether you're baking or cooking, squash can be absolutely delicious in a variety of meals. Here's everything you need to know about squash for your future tasty dishes.

Types of Summer Squash| Types of Winter Squash

Sure, tomatoes are the rock stars of the garden—flashy and popular, but they often don't last long. But, oh, squash! You come in so many different flavors and textures, and you last a long, long time. How could we not love you? If you're growing squash yourself, just a few plants will bear enough for your family with plenty leftover for sharing with the neighbors. And there are hundreds of different kinds, typically divided into summer squash and winter squash. What's the difference? "Summer squash is harvested in the warm weather months and doesn’t store for long,” says Josh Kirschenbaum, vegetable account manager at PanAmerican Seed. "Winter squash is harvested in the fall and has a hard rind, which allows it to keep well for months.”

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Here are a few of our favorite squash varieties with growing and cooking tips:

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Summer squash are bush types (with a few exceptions that grow on vines) that take up less room in your garden. “Less” is relative because most still need 3 to 4 feet of space in every direction to grow. Pick summer squash when it’s small and tender, not big and seedy. And keep picking to keep the harvest going!

Zucchini Squash

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Your grandma probably grew this reliable, high-yielding type in her back yard. Perfect for grilling, sautéing, or baking in quick breads and cakes. If you too many to use in zucchini recipes, use your food processor to grate it and freeze; then pull it out to make a frittata or quick bread later.

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Types of Zucchini: Bossa Nova, Easy Pick Green, Cocozelle, Gold Rush

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Round Zucchini

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These cute little guys are prolific producers. Roast or grill them whole, or harvest them larger and stuff with rice, meat, and veggies.

Types of Round Zucchini: Eight Ball, Papaya Pear

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Crookneck Squash

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With rounded bottoms and curved necks, these kinds of squash are best picked when no more than 4 to 6 inches long so they’re tender, not tough. If you wait too long, they get unpleasantly seedy.

Types of Crookneck Squash: Yellow Crookneck, Gold Star

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Patty Pan Squash

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These adorable, flying saucer-shaped squash can be grilled whole when 2 to 3 inches wide, or for larger fruits, dice and sauté and toss over pasta.

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Types of Patty Pan Squash: Benning’s Green Tint, Sunburst

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Cousa Squash

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Some people say these squat, oval-shaped Middle Eastern types are the best-tasting of the summer squash. Steam, sauté, or stuff ‘em!

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Tatume Squash

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These heat-tolerant heirlooms are fast growers. They grow on a vine (unlike most summer squash) that can quickly reach 10 feet long, so be sure you have plenty of space if you choose to grow them yourself! Firm, sweet white flesh has more flavor than many other kinds of summer squash. Harvest when the fruits are the size of softballs.

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Tromboncino Squash

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The slender, curvy fruits of this Italian heirloom are firm and less seedy than many types. Train them up a trellis or fence because their 15-foot-long vines will crowd everything else out in your garden if you don't keep them in check. Harvest when 8 to 12 inches long.

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Winter squash need tons of room to stretch because their vines sprawl 10 to 15 feet in every direction; train the plants up a trellis or fence to conserve space. Harvest winter squash when the rind can’t be pierced with your thumbnail, around the time when the vines wither or even right after the first light frost.

Acorn Squash

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Shaped like its namesake, these popular winter squash are reliable performers. They’re best baked or stuffed.

Types of Acorn Squash: Honey Bear, Jester

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Buttercup Squash

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These easy-to-grow, turban-shaped squash store well into late winter and are buttery-sweet and satiny when baked and mashed. Bake, puree, and add olive oil and romano cheese for an out-of-this-world sauce to toss with pasta.

Types of Buttercup Squash: Burgess, Bonbon

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Butternut Squash

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Butternuts typically are cylindrical with a bulb-shaped end and a classic, tan rind. You’ll need a few weeks of storage for the flavor to develop, but they last for months and months. They are prolific producers! Bake, sauté, or add to stews.

Types of Butternut Squash: Honeybaby, Waltham

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Delicata Squash

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This heirloom variety has cream and green-striped oblong fruits about 3 inches wide and 6 inches long. They’re extremely tender with a flavor reminiscent of sweet potatoes. Even the rind is edible. Heads up: They don't store quite as long as some of the other winter squashes.

Types of Delicata Squash: Bush Delicata

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Dumpling Squash

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These multi-colored squashes with a squat little shape are both pretty and edible. They’re prolific producers, and they can be baked, grilled, steamed, or stuffed.

Types of Dumpling Squash: Sweet Dumpling, Carnival

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Hubbard Squash

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These squash, popular in New England, have a tough, bumpy rind and range in color from bright orange to a gorgeous aqua-blue color. Some varieties weigh in at 12 to 15 pounds each! Roast the medium-sweet flesh, or chunk it for stews.

Types of Hubbard Squash: Red Kuri, Blue Ballet

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Kabocha Squash

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These Japanese squash are similar in appearance to buttercup with a flavor that’s reminiscent of sweet potatoes. Bake, steam, or puree in soups.

Types of Kabocha Squash: Sunshine, Hokkori

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Pumpkin Squash

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Pumpkins actually are a type of winter squash, so they’re not just for carving! Bake, steam, put in stews, and roast the seeds. They're easy to grow!

Types of Pumpkin Squash: Pepitas, Super Moon, Hijinks

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Spaghetti Squash

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These oblong-shaped squash have stringy flesh you can scrape out after cooking to create spaghetti-like strands. Use as a pasta substitute or in soups.

Types of Spaghetti Squash: Sugaretti, Tivoli

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