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Squash is a member of the gourd family. Since a squash contains seeds, it is technically a fruit and not a vegetable. There are several types of squash, such as acorn, butternut, and kabocha.

Allergy Alert:

An allergy to squash can be difficult to pinpoint, simply because there are various types of summer and winter squash in existence. Unless you have been tested for every type of squash, avoid eating any variety of squash if an allergic reaction is feared. In the event of an allergic reaction after consuming squash, contact your allergist.  

Common Uses:

There are a wide variety of uses for squash, seeing as there are numerous types of both winter and summer squash. A popular squash in the summer is the yellow (or summer) squash, and pumpkin is prominent in the winter. The use for squash may vary depending on the type. For example, pumpkin works well in pies, but is not so popular grilled. Alternately, yellow squash is delicious grilled and seasoned.

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