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Squash, any of several edible plants in the Cucurbitaceae family. These vegetables, related to the pumpkin, are eaten cooked or raw. Different species both look and taste different from one another; they have in common a 5-pointed leaf that grows from either a bush or vine. Summer squash (zucchini, crookneck, pattypan) are harvested when immature, about 2 months after planting. Winter squash (Hubbard, acorn, butternut) are harvested when mature, up to 4 months after planting, and can be stored. Squash, popular with home gardeners and truck farmers, were introduced to settlers by Native Americans.

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