Summer squash is harvested young and tender throughout the summer months. The skin is soft and edible, as is the seed. The flesh is mildly flavored and the fruit does not store for any length of time.
Winter squash is harvested in fall when the squash is mature and has a tough skin, allowing for short term storage of the squash. The skin and seed become tough and inedible, but the flesh generally has a deeper flavor profile and lends itself to varying methods of preparation.
Whether you prefer tender summer squash or more flavorful winter squash, there is something for everyone.
A summer crop that does not tolerate cold weather, plant after any danger of frost is past. Continuous harvesting of your summer squash encourages the plants to produce more.