squash family

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a winter squash that can range between 8 to 12 inches in length and weigh up to 3 pounds. It's an excellent source of two anti-aging nutrients -  beta-carotene and vitamin C -  and is delicious baked, steamed or simmered in soups or stews. Estimated Glycemic Load=8 Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=396 … [Read more...]


Pumpkin is a winter squash, related to watermelons and cantaloupe. Because pumpkins are only available in the fall and early winter, canned pumpkin - solid packed with no added sugar, spices or ingredients - is an excellent way to enjoy this nutritional powerhouse year round. Use canned pumpkin in sauces, smoothies and homemade whole grain bakery recipes. Pumpkin is low in calories, and an … [Read more...]


Watermelon is a native of Africa and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin. Because of its usefulness as a source of potable liquid, watermelon made its way into Asia and the Mediterranean as caravans traveled north. Watermelon is a great thirst quencer, and provides an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of beta carotene. Like … [Read more...]


Squash is a flowering vegetable and native to the Americas. In fact, its culinary history dates back to Mexico as far back as 5500 B.C. Squash varies greatly in size, shape, color and flavor. In general, squash is divided into two categories — summer squash  and winter squash. Summer squash - like crookneck, pattypan and zucchini - are quick cooking and have thin, edible skins, soft seeds, … [Read more...]


Melons are high-water content fruits that grow on the ground in the heat of summer. They include cantaloupes, casabas, honeydews, and watermelons. See individual melons for nutrition information. … [Read more...]


Cucumbers are flowering vegetables that can be consumed raw or as pickles. These “cool” veggies may have been cultivated as long ago as 9750 B.C and belong to the same vegetable family as pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon, and other squashes. As a cucumber matures, the seeds become bitter and should be removed before using. Because most cucumbers are waxed, peel before eating. Antioxidant … [Read more...]


What could be better than the anticipation of cutting into a juicy, sweet, deep orange melon? Relatives of squash, cantaloupe were named after the Italian town of Cantalupa, meaning “wolf howl”. In addition to a powerful punch of beta-carotene and vitamin C, cantaloupes also offer a good source of potassium. Estimated Glycemic Load=5 Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=315 … [Read more...]

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