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38 Best Types of Squash | Best Squash Varieties to Grow

Here’s an exclusive list of the Best Types of Squash you can grow in your garden with ease! Cultivate them today for a refreshing taste!

Check out the Best Types of Squash that you can grow in pots or gardens! They are easy to maintain and provide a plentiful harvest for the entire family.

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Best Types of Squash

Summer Squash 

These squashes are harvested when they are still immature. The plants on the below list have a bushy growth habit.

1. Cuarzo

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You can use this rare variety as an alternative to traditional zucchini. It is also a great choice for gardens as it grows fruits for an extensive period of time.

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2. Green Eggs

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This hybrid squash will give you the flavor of zucchini. Grill or slice it for perfect summer dining. The squash has deep green skin, and they grow on bushy vines.

3. Fortune

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Fortune is a cultivar of yellow squash and has a pale yellow, butter-hued skin. This easy-to-grow squash is quite similar to the ‘straight neck’ squash.

4. Gold Rush

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The gold rush has a deep yellow rind with a waxy sheen. It has a mild taste, which is excellent for eating raw, steaming, or grilling.

5. Eight Ball

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This hybrid variety is round in shape, like a pool ball. It has tender white flesh, which is perfect for baking and stuffing.

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6. Patty Pan

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Patty pan has a distinct, flat shape and scalloped margins. Its sweet taste makes it popular for making cakes.

7. Crookneck

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This squash is a cultivar of yellow summer squash with a prominent curved neck. It has tender, bumpy, or smooth skin, velvety flesh, and a mild flavor like zucchini.

8. Papaya Pear

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As the name sounds, this little summer squash has the same shape as a papaya or a pear. You can use it for grilling, slicing, or relish it raw!

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9. Cousa

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It is quite similar to zucchini but possesses a bulbous bud end. This tender squash has a  sweet flavor and is famous in Lebanese and Syrian cuisines.

10. Straightneck

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This popular yellow summer squash cultivar is similar to crookneck but with an upright posture. It is a staple in American foods and is used in pasta, kabobs, soups, and stir-fries.

11. Chayote

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Chayote closely belongs to the gourd family. It has hard flesh that tastes quite similar to traditional summer squash when cooked.

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12. Zucchini

This popular squash is loved in many cuisines, from stir fry to spaghetti! The long, green squash has tender flesh and mild flavor.

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13. Zephyr

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Zephyr is a hybrid between a crookneck squash and an acorn delicata hybrid. It has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor with a distinct grassy aftertaste.

14. Tromboncino

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This squash variety is an elongated curvy Italian heirloom, having a taste similar to zucchini. If left on the vine, it can grow up to 3 feet in length.

15. Tatume

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Juvenile forms come the size of a baseball and have a dense, flavorful flesh than yellow squash. Mature ones are about the size of a soccer ball and are ideal for baking.

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Winter Squash Varieties

The squashes mentioned below are harvested when they are fully ripe, and rind hardened.

16. Honeynut

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It looks like mini butternut but has a sweet flavor. The flesh is deep orange and is best for baking.

17. Sugar Pumpkin

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Sugar pumpkins are commonly used for making pies. They can be steamed or baked and work best with dessert spices like fruit dip and soups.

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18. Spaghetti

Spaghetti is admired for fibrous, spaghetti-like flesh. The large cucurbit can be steamed for a side dish or served as a low-carb pasta substitute.

19. Yokohama

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Yokohama is a pumpkin-shaped cucurbit with gray skin, ridges, and bumps. It tastes pretty similar to winter squash and is used in the same way.

20. Red Kuri

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This round squash has a red-orange skin with bright orange flesh. It tastes like chestnut, making the squash ideal for muffins, desserts, or savory dishes.

21. Hubbard

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This large squash is typically pale blue but can be found in pale orange and green cultivars. The flesh is sweet and tastes like a mix of sweet potatoes and pumpkin.

22. Turban

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This squash has a double-growth pattern, like a turban with a nutty and sweet flavor. You can add it to soups and curries or bake it with oil and spices.

23. Butternut

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This pink-orange squash has an elongated shape with a bulbous end. It has a pumpkin-like nutty flavor, which makes it perfect for soups.

24. Pink Banana Jumbo

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This large squash has pale pink to pinkish-orange rind and a flesh similar to butternut or acorn squash. It has a mild flavor.

25. Kabocha

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Kabocha is also known as Japanese pumpkin or Japanese squash. It has a great velvety texture and sweet flavor.

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26. Honey Bear

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This ultra-sweet squash is excellent for baking. It is an easy-to-grow variety and is also disease resistant.

27. Sweet Dumpling

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This acorn squash variety offers undersized ribbed fruit. It has sweet and tender orange flesh that tastes great!

28. Carnival

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It’s a hybrid between popular squash and sweet dumpling squash. The flesh is orange and has a sweet maple syrup-like taste.

29. Delicata

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Delicata is an undersized cucurbit. The flesh is sweet and tastes like pumpkin, which also gives it the nickname ‘sweet potato squash’.

30. Sunshine Kabocha

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This cultivar has unusual pink-orange skin. Its flesh is soft and sweet, making it perfect for mashing, baking, and pies.

31. Bonbon

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This squash is similar to the buttercup variety, though it has sweet flesh. Its flesh has a sweet flavor which makes it great for raw consumption.

32. Cheese Pumpkin

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This pale pink pumpkin is an heirloom variety closely related to butternut squash. It is ideal for baking, steaming, and for pie-making.

33. Buttercup

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It has a similar shape to acorns but doesn’t have peculiar ridges. This squash has yellow-orange flesh and a sweet, creamy texture.

34. Acorn

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It has an acorn-like shape with yellow-orange flesh. Thanks to its lightly sweet and mild taste, you can bake it or use it in soups.

35. Carving Pumpkins

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Also known as field pumpkin, it has stringy flesh. This variety grows large with thin skin, making it perfect for carving.

36. Angel Hair

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A hybrid variety of Spaghetti squash, the plant produces egg-shaped squash with a dark yellow rind, covering the sweet and nutty yellow flesh.

37. Futsu Black

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With its ribbed warty skin, the Futsu Black features a unique look. The creamy orange flesh is pressed into purees and pies for its fruity flavor.

38. Honey Boat

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Oblong fruits with tan skin and green stripes, Honey Boat, has a nutty-sweet flavor that goes pretty well in jams, jellies, and syrups.

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