23 Incredible Squash Varieties

How many types of squash can you name? Summer or winter, add one of these colorful varieties to your garden.
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'Honey Bear' Squash

This plump variety may look like little green pumpkins, but they're actually acorn squash. Known for their sweet flavor, they're also mildew tolerant.

'Bonbon' Squash

The 'Bonbon' variety gets its name from its sweet flavor and creamy texture. They're easy to grow and can reach up to four pounds.

'Gold Rush' Squash

The supermodel of the squash world, the 'Gold Rush' is bright yellow, smooth and uniformly shaped.

'Bush Delicata' Squash

Green and white on the outside and filled with sweet orange flesh on the inside, the 'Bush Delicata' squash is full of vitamin A and has a long shelf life.

'Sunshine' Kabocha Squash

Winner of the 2004 All-America Selections Vegetable Award, the 'Sunshine' squash has reddish-orange skin and a flattened globe-like appearance.

Yellow Summer Squash

Yellow squash includes a smooth-skinned, straightneck variety and a crookneck variety that is known for its curved neck and "lumpy" skin. Yellow squash is a vigorous grower and homeowners often only need a few plants.

Acorn Squash

Acorn squash starts out a dark green that turns bright orange as it matures. Each vine produces 4-5 plants and are small enough to be grown in deep containers. Sweet acorn squash is a favorite in savory, baked dishes.

'Eight Ball' Squash

The first variety of round green zucchini squash, 'Eight Balls' taste best when they're picked young. If you wait too long, scoop out the seeds and use them as a bowl for dips or soup.

'Pink Banana Jumbo' Squash

These large, oblong heirlooms have pink-orange skin and orange flesh that is delicious when baked, roasted or boiled. For best flavor, harvest when the fruit is less than 30-inches long.

Red Kuri Squash

Japanese squash 'Uchiki Kuri', also known as red kuri squash, has attractive orange-red skin. Its yellow, creamy flesh is very sweet and nutty. The plant grows vigorously in warm climates and should be watered well during growth.

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is known for its sweet, nutty taste. This winter squash produces medium-sized fruits with beige skin and orange flesh, and needs a lot of room to grow.

'Fortune' Squash

These light yellow batons have a slender but sturdy neck.

Sunburst Squash

Sunburst squash is a round, small bright yellow variety with scalloped edges, and dark green coloring on both ends of the squash. It offers a mild, yet buttery flavor. The flavor is subtle, but exquisite and compliments any summer dish.

'Cuarzo' Squash

This grey zucchini is sought after for its high yields and resistance to disease, which gives it a longer growing season.

'Summer Ball' Zucchini

'Summer Ball' is a round zucchini squash that produces fruits very early, in around 45-50 days. It is often found at specialty and gourmet markets and is great for stuffing or used as an ornamental vegetable.

'Parador'

The 'Parador' produces large clusters of head-turning golden yellow fruit, which lend a decorative touch to the garden or patio. They have a great taste and mature early.

The Carnival Squash

The carnival's in town! This colorful hybrid of an acorn and sweet dumpling squash, starts out dark green and slowly turns cream with bands of bright orange as the squash matures. With a sweet, nutty flavor, these minis can be used for soups and roasting.

'Papaya Pear' Squash

Named for its resemblance to the tropical fruit, 'Papaya Pear' is a summer squash that takes 40 days from sown seed to harvest.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash gets its name from its stringy, noodle-like flesh. The skin starts out ivory and turns pale yellow as it matures.

Zucchini

The zucchini is a summer squash which often grows to nearly a meter in length, but which is usually harvested at half that size or less. It is a hybrid of the cucumber and used as a vegetable for savory side dishes.

'Turk's Turban' Squash

'Turk's Turban' squash, or 'Turk's Cap' squash, are very distinctive, looking more like ornamental gourds than edible fruits. They are shaped like a large buttercup with a very large knob on the flower end, and most are orange or multi-colored. The flesh is moist and good in soups.

'Custard White'

'Custard White' is a summer squash with a patty-pan shape and scallop form. They are fast growing with a heavy yield.

'Sweet Dumpling'

'Sweet Dumpling' is a small, mildly sweet tasting squash that resembles a miniature pumpkin with its top pushed in. It has cream colored skin with green specks. Weighing only about 7 ounces, it has sweet and tender orange flesh and is good for stuffing.