EN on Foods

October 2011 Issue

Brighten the Season with Winter Squash

Winter squash are part of the Cucurbitaceae family, also known as the gourd family, along with melons, cucumbers and luffas (or loofah,) the spa sponge. Characterized by hard shells, hollow inner, seed-filled cavities, and sweet flesh, the many varieties include acorn, banana, turban, butternut, Hubbard, spaghetti, and Kabocha. Winter squash are harvested at a more mature age than their summer cousins. The hard shell lends longer storage capacity, and the vibrant yellow and orange flesh is richer in vitamins.

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