We have to admit the title above is slightly misleading. This article's real title should be "55 Fall Cucurbita Recipes," but that terminology just didn't have the same ring to it. After extensive scientific research (and plenty of ninth grade-style diagrams), we learned that pumpkins, gourds and squash are all members of the cucurbita genus. That's fancy Latin-talk for "gourd." The category encompasses the fleshy, large fruits with hard skins displayed in the supermarket produce section during the fall months. From pumpkins to butternut squash, these healthy, fiber-filled fruits are as versatile as they are hardy (they stay fresh on the counter for weeks and in the fridge for months). Get your chef's knife and seed-scooping hands ready for these gourd-featuring dishes.
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