Marrow, squashes and gourds

Cucurbita, spp.

Appears in

The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

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sponge gourd

Snake gourd

Winter melon



These are all part of a large family which includes courgettes/zucchini, pumpkins and chayotes. All are available in the summer and autumn, though some are only available in winter. They have a rather bland, watery taste and can be stuffed, steamed, sautéed or baked. Other varieties of squash are acorn, spaghetti, snake gourd, butternut, golden nugget, dudi, custard or pattypan, cushaw, karella, winter crookneck, winter melon, bitter gourd, tindoori, wax gourd, sponge gourd and bottle gourd.