Varieties of Squash
Squash plants are notorious cross breeders. As a result, are countless varieties
of squash..... Aren't we all lucky!?
Most vegetable gardeners grow a few varities of squash.
Listed below are the most popular varieties, along with a few really neat
Also see: How to grow squash
Varieties of Squash:
Acorn - This is an excellent bush-type winter squash. Try it in containers
on your patio or deck. Great for baking and steaming. Easy to grow. Matures
in 85 days.
Blue Hubbard - This large, sweet tasting squash has a blue-green rind,
and superior quality, dark orange flesh. Grandpa used to crack this hard
shelled squash on the driveway or sidewalk. Use it in fall decorating. Matures:
Butternut - One of the most popular squash varieties. Vining plant
is a heavy producer. Fruit is 8 to 10 inches, with long, cylindrical necks,
and a very small seed cavity. Rind is creamy tan, and the flesh is yellow-orange
with a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor. Long keepers. Matures: 100 days.
Buttercup - A bush squash with sweet flavor, is good for small gardens.
Delicious baked, steamed, or simmered. Matures in about 75 days.
Cushaw - This is an unusual, ornamental squash, with dark and light
green stripes. It's also a great tasting edible. Produces 10-12 pound
fruits with golden flesh. Use this as an ornamental in fall decorating. Matures
Delicata - this squash variety is an excellent choice for long term
storage. Rich, sweet, yellow-orange flesh, with a with a white, green-striped
rind. Tastes best steamed or baked. Matures: 100 days.
Spaghetti Squash - After cooking, this interesting squash can be pulled
out in strands similar in appearance to spaghetti. It's popular with kids.
Matures: 80-95 days.
Turk's Turban - This highly
festive squash (some call it a pumpkin, some call it a gourd) has vivid colors
of orange, red, and white with dark green markings. It's great for fall
decorating. Its edible, too! Use it in any squash recipe. Matures: 95-110
Bush Scallop Patty Pan - There are white and yellow varieties. Scalloped,
pie shaped fruit are 4-5 inches in diameter. The fine grained flesh is thick,
tender, green-tinged with white. It's a prolific producer. Matures: 45-55
Cocozelle - This is an Italian Zucchini with a bush habit. Excellent
for the garden and containers. Flesh is firm and greenish-white. Use
it for slicing, frying, and steaming. It is a good squash for freezing and
Early Prolific Straightneck - As its name implies, this space-saving
variety produces prolific yields. It can be steamed, stuffed, baked or used
fresh from the garden in salads. Matures: 45 days.
Summer Crookneck - This squash variety is known for its great
taste and ease in growing. It has a distinctive buttery flavor and
is deep yellow in color, with a curved neck and plump bottom end. It is delicious
fresh from the garden, fried, steamed, baked, or grilled. Matures: 48-55
Zucchini - Widely popular, extremely prolific
producer. With just a few plants, you'll have enough to feed family and friends.
Best picked when 6 -8 inches long. Matures in 50-60 days.
Recipes: May we suggest:
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