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Squash are the fruits of various members of the gourd family, which fall into two classifications, summer squash (such as zucchini, crooknecked squash, pattypan squash) and winter squash (such as acorn squash, pumpkin, butternut squash, and hubbard squash).
Squash got its name from the Native American, Narragansets, who called summer squash "askatasquash", meaning "to eat raw or green". This name works for summer squash, but winter squash must be cooked.
Winter squash come later in the growing season than do summer squash. Summer squash are more perishable than winter squash because summer squash have a high water content. Unlike summer squash, winter squash can be kept for several months, if kept in a cool dry place.