It is a vegetable plant similar to Indian gourd cultivated for food for man and livestock. Squashes range in size from a few inches to a foot in length. Some squashes have a white skin while others have skins of various colours, commonly yellow, tan or green. Squash plants have yellow male and female flowers that are borne singly in the axils of the leaves. Pollination is usually done by insects, chiefly bees.
Squashes are believed to have originated in South America, probably in Peru or Chile. Squash are now grown in most parts of the world. The name 'squash' is applied to certain varieties of the species Cucurbita maxima.
Hibbard, delicious and butter-cup squashes are widely grown in home and nursery gardens of the U.S. The mammoth types of winter squashes are grown for stock-feed.
Straight neck and crooked-neck squashes are grown in summer. They are eaten when young and immature. Other kinds of summer squashes include Italian vegetable marrow, the cocozell, the zucchini and the English vegetable marrow. Squash is a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and G and minerals.
Benefit and uses of Squash.
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