Good Gourds

Winter Squash

Contrary to its name, winter squash – and pumpkins, which also fall into this category – are actually grown in the summer. So why is it called winter squash? Well, with its hard skin, winter squash can be stored (and enjoyed) all winter long, whereas summer squash is soft-skinned and tender, meant to be eaten shortly after picking.

There are hundreds of varieties of winter squash and pumpkins – it’s mind-boggling! I don’t have comprehensive guides and recipes for every single one of them here on Good Gourds (yet!), but I’m working on it!