The Cucurbita genus covers the four varieties of squash or marrows. The plant was considered as an important crop in the Andes from the pre-Columbian era. Traditionally, the seeds are stringy, slippery and the homemaker might feel nuisance storing them. But they are gems of nutrition and flavor. Roasted seeds are sure to remind you of your earlier Halloween parties/
Cultivation of squash dates back to 8000 or 10,000 years ago in Mesoamerica. It was one of the "Three Sisters" (maize, beans and squash) planted by native Americans. All kinds of squash either belong to summer or winter category.
Squash seeds are edible. They can further be grounded into a paste, fine flour or pressed for vegetable oil. When dried, seeds can be used to treat burns. Its robust scented oil acts as a base for aromatherapy massage and cures lungs and mucus membranes.
Benefits & Features
Squash is a quick and vigorous growing crop. It has a wide range of cultivars that you can choose from, to grow in your garden. Squash is loaded with healthy dietary supplements. It is low in cholesterol, sodium and sugar, high in iron, manganese and very high in magnesium and phosphorus.