Is Zucchini A Squash? Get To Know The Difference

A wooden crate of zucchini and yellow squash

Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between squash vs. zucchini? It’s tempting to define zucchini as having the classic cylindrical shape and green skin. Yet, there are varieties of yellow zucchini which look quite similar to straightneck squash. To add to the confusion, some cultivars of summer squash are long and green. Turns out, there is one feature that distinguishes summer squash from most zucchini. Summer Squash vs. Zucchini: Similarities Zucchini and most types of summer squash belong to the same species (Cucurbita pepo). In fact, zucchini is technically a type of summer squash. The other main types of summer squash include straightneck, crookneck, and pattypan varieties. These types are marketed with the squash name, as in straightneck squash, crookneck squash, etc. On the other hand, the term “squash” is not always included when zucchini seeds, plants, or fruit are offered for sale in the United States. […]

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