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13 quirky winter gourds

Galeux d'Eysines heirloom pumpkin

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Season of squash

The time to stock up on winter squash and pumpkins has arrived!

Summer squash only keeps for a week or two, but the thick skin and hard seeds of winter squash give it a much longer shelf life. Certain varieties of squash have been known to last as long as a year if stored in a cool, dry and dark place.

Butternut squash may be the go-to gourd in many kitchens, but with hundreds of winter squash varieties to choose from — including the heirloom pumpkin with the great name pictured here — why not switch it up this season with one of these more unconventional alternatives? (Text: Catie Leary)