Summer squash

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Summer squash
'Zephyr', a variety of straightnecked summer squash[1]
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy20 kcal (84 kJ)
4.1 g
Sugars2.0 g
Dietary fiber2 g
0 g
1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
90 μg
Vitamin C
18.4 mg
20 mg
0.37 mg
0 mg
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA FoodData Central

Summer squash are squashes that are harvested when immature, while the rind is still tender and edible. Nearly all summer squashes are varieties of Cucurbita pepo,[2] although not all Cucurbita pepo are considered summer squashes. Most summer squash have a bushy growth habit, unlike the rambling vines of many winter squashes.[2] The name "summer squash" refers to the short storage life of these squashes, unlike that of winter squashes.[3]

Summer squashes include:

In the journals of Lewis and Clark, on October 12, 1804, Clark recorded that the Arikara tribe raised "great quantities of Corn Beens Simmins, &c."[5] Clark also used the spelling simlin in his journal entries. Simlin, variously spelled simblin, symnel, cymling, cimnel (Thomas Jefferson's spelling) and simnel were words for summer squash, particularly Cucurbita pepo ssp. pepo, common name pattypan squash. The word simnel was used because of the visual similarity between the squash and the simnel cake.[6]


  1. ^ "Zephyr (F1) Squash Seed". Johnny's Selected Seeds. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Zucchetta". Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center: Vegetable Research and Extension. Washington State University. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Summer Squash". University of Illinois. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Hong, Kue Hyon; Om, Young Hyun; Ko, Kwan Dal; Heo, Yun Chan; Yoon, Jin Young (1997). "Short Information (Characteristics of New Varieties Developed in 1997): A New Semi-bush Type "Aehobag" (Elongated Squash for Picking at Green Mature Stage) Lines, 'Wonye #401' and 'Wonye #402'". Korean Journal of Breeding Science. 29 (4): 509.
  5. ^ "Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online". October 12, 1804. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  6. ^ Whitney, William Dwight (1889). "simnel, 2". The Century Dictionary. New York: The Century Company. p. 321. Retrieved 2013-09-04.

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