Squashes & Pumpkins

Squashes, pumpkins and marrow have long trailing stems and belong to the genus of plants known as Cucurbita. Immature fruits of squashes with soft skins are described as summer squashes while winter squashes are mature with a hard skin.

Many of the vegetables in this group contain beta carotene, which give them their orangey colour, and they also provide us with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

The antioxidant carotenoid known as beta cryptoxanthin is present in acorn squashes.

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Substances called coumarins are present in butternut and all other squashes. These substances can detoxify enzymes that may lead to cancer development.

Courgettes

Courgettes

About half an adults recommended daily vitamin C intake is supplied by a 100g serving of lightly cooked courgettes.

Marrow

Marrow

The taste and texture of marrow is best when the marrow is small to medium-sized.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

The pigment lycopene, said to be helpful for prostate health and protecting our skin from sun damage, is found in pumpkins. The seeds are good for iron and zinc, and contain selenium, a trace element vital to male fertility.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Squashes, such as the spaghetti squash, are low in calories and fat.