Health Benefits of Squash

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Squashes are prolific warm weather crops and evidence suggests that squashes may have been first cultivated as long as 10,000 years ago. Squash is part of “Three Sisters” along with corn and beans, the three main agricultural crops of Native Americans groups in North America.

Squashes are divided into 2 categories- summer and winter squash. Summer squashes are harvested during the growing season as immature fruits, while the skin is still soft, requiring little to no cooking. Crookneck, zucchini, straight-neck and patty-pan are all summer squashes. Winter squashes are harvested at maturity, generally at the end of the growing season and get their name because they can be stored through the winter. They have thick, hard skin and require longer cooking times than summer squashes. Butternut, Hubbard, buttercup, ambercup, acorn and spaghetti squashes and pumpkins among others are all winter squashes.

Nutritional Content of Squashes

Squashes are nutritional powerhouses loaded…

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