Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday’s Helping: Squash vs. Pumpkin

Carve one but not the other

What’s the difference between a squash and a pumpkin? Generally, a pumpkin can be carved while a squash usually is too small in size or cumbersome in shape to carve. Pumpkins can grow to large girths compared to squashes. Types of pumpkins can also acquire the typical orange color associated with Halloween. Both fruits grow on vines, but a wide majority of pumpkins tend to possess thick and woody stems while squashes tend to have softer stems. Remember that squashes and pumpkins belong to the biological family known as Cucurbita.

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