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What is the difference between Zucchini and Squash?

Asked by Denton Perez, Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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Answered Mar 23, 2020

Zucchini and Squash are two examples of vegetables that look very similar. However, there are some differences between them. Both squash and zucchini belong to the same genius, which is Cucurbita. However, the only difference is that they both belong to different species. Zucchini is a member of species pepo, whereas squash is a member of various species like mixta, pepo, maxima, and moschata.

Although both zucchini and squash were mostly planted in North America in the past, zucchini is now being planted in Europe, especially in Italy. Also, the pattern of growth of the two vegetables looks very similar, but they are harvested at different periods; the harvesting period of squash usually falls in October or November, while the harvesting period of zucchini usually falls on August or September. Also, there are different ways by which both zucchini and squash can be cooked. Squash can easily be stored for a very long time compared to zucchini.

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