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Squash can be found in two major categories, Summer and Winter. An easy way to tell the difference between a summer and a winter squash is by comparing the skin and flesh; summer squash have thin skins and tend to have a shorter shelf life due to a softer, less immature flesh, while winter squash are heartier, with a hard shell that enables them to stored for longer periods of time. Think of pumpkins and butternut squash (both winter varieties) versus zucchinis or yellow crook necks (both Summer varieties) and it's easy to tell the difference. Squashes of all varieties offer loads of nutritional benefits; they are often high in antioxidants and dietary fiber.