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Squash, Summer

Cucurbitaceae Cucurbita pepo L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Summer squashes are varieties of C. pepo that are commonly harvested while the rinds on the fruit are soft and tender. The plants are essentially similar to those of winter squash and pumpkin. All have large leaves. The stems may be long and trailing or shorter and more upright in the "bush" forms. Fruits have smooth skins and vary greatly in form, from flat scallop shape to long, slender kinds up to 2 feet or more long and 3 inches or more in diameter. This latter type is commonly termed "Zucchini."


Season, seeding to first harvest: 2 to 3 months.

Production in the U.S.: No separate data for summer squash. 47,782 acres reported for all squash, 1959 census.

Use: As cooked vegetable.

Part consumed: Whole fruit.


Last update June 28, 1996 bha