Squash is one of the most versatile and delicious vegetables available throughout the world, and it also packs a serious punch in terms of healthy, medicinal benefits. Different varieties of squash have the ability to improve the quality of your sight, boost skin health, strengthen the immune system, prevent cancer, manage symptoms of diabetes, build strong bones, protect heart health, reduce symptoms of insomnia, prevent inflammatory conditions, treat arthritis, eliminate ulcers, eliminate parasites and infections, increase prostate health, protects against birth defects, boosts respiratory health, and reduces blood pressure.
Squash is a very interesting vegetable, because it is actually a broad term that encompasses a number of different types of vegetables, including pumpkins, zucchinis, courgettes, and marrows. They have a number of overlapping characteristics, and belong to the genus Cucurbita. The individual species include dozens of varieties, including buttercup squash, hubbard squash, cushaw squash, pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini, autumn squash, and winter squash. In North America, most of the varieties are simplified into either summer squash or winter squash. These classifications depend on when the squashes ripen, and what flavor and health benefits the user is trying to achieve. Squash also include gourds, of which there are many different classifications as well.