Squash and cucumbers are both members of the cucurbit family, so sometimes they're a bit hard to tell apart. Browse the images and descriptions below for help.
Dark green and shaped like an acorn, these squash have a sweet orange flesh inside. Try halving them, rubbing them with a little olive oil, turning them upside down over a garlic clove, and roasting them in the oven until tender. Save those seeds, too! They make a tasty treat when roasted til crunchy in a little olive oil.
Butternut squash are often used in place of pumpkin in pumpkin pies. The flesh is bright orange and sweet, with a mild nutty flavor. Cut it in half, rub with olive oil, and roast cut-side down until tender. Or, try this savory lentil recipe.
Although its peel is thicker and bumpier than other summer squash, the inside is delicate and mild in flavor. Sautee with butter and herbs or add to stir fries.
A winter squash with mild yellow flesh. Halved, lightly oiled, and roasted cut-side down, these squash are delicious. For a mild garlicky flavor, try slipping a clove of garlic under each half before they go into the oven. They are also quite good for stuffing and baking.
H19 Little Leaf Cucumbers
These little cucumbers are great for pickling. They fit neatly into jars without needing to be sliced.
Lebanese White Bush Squash
This is a rare summer squash variety from Lebanon. It has a delicate flavor that takes well to simple dressing. Try brushing it with olive oil, sprinkling with salt, and grilling it. Add some fresh herbs before serving.
Long Pie Pumpkin
With bright orange flesh, this winter squash makes a delicious pie. It's smooth inside and not very stringy.
Magda squash is Mid-East style squash like our Lebanese White Bush. Its flavor is sweet and a little nutty. Try stuffing them with a mixture of bread crumbs, olive oil, herbs, and cheese and baking until tender.
Patty Pan Squash
Patty Pans are cute little summer squash with delicate flesh. They can be sliced and sauteed like other varieties of summer squash, or stuffed with vegetables, bread cubes, cheese, or herbs and baked until tender.
These pumpkins are aptly named; they do make great pies. If sweets aren't your thing, try using pumpkins in a curry or soup. From Asparagus to Zucchini has a recipe for a chickpea pumpkin soup.
Red Kuri Squash
Red Kuri squash are a Japanese winter squash with a rich, sweet flesh.
Shuyo Long Cucumber
A long, sweet cucumber with bumpy, irregular skin and juicy flesh. This cucumber is an excellent choice for cucumber salads or sweet pickles.