From acorn to butternut to spaghetti, there are many varieties of squash that can be incorporated into delicious recipes. And it has many more popular family members you might recognize, including melons, gourds, and cucumbers. With 845 species, the Cucurbitacae family tree is quite complex.
One reason the fruit is so popular is because the many types of squash can be part of a balanced plate. They’re also grown year-round, so regardless of the season, you can usually find a fresh squash variety at a local supermarket.
There are three major species of squash that are important to Seminis® farmer customers: the Cucurbita pepo (zucchini, pumpkins used for carving, yellow squashes, acorn squash, scallop squash); the Cucurbita maxima (giant pumpkins, buttercup squash, Turk’s Turban, Redondo del Tronco, kabocha, Jarrahdale); and the Cucurbita moschata (butternut squash, most tropical pumpkins, pie pumpkins, Menina Brasileira).
Winter squash varieties make for delicious additions to everything from quesadillas to pasta to casseroles. Recipes using types of winter squash can be found through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Not totally sold on squash? Here’s another fun fact: if you’re a fan of recipes that call for canned pumpkin (including pumpkin-spiced coffees), you’re probably eating squash.