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By TPCI | August 28, 2019

In common parlance, squash would not come across as healthy, as it brings to mind one of those several concentrates in the market, loaded with sugar and unwanted preservatives. But the word squash carries a special pride of place in the plant kingdom as the fruit of several vine-like tendril-bearing plants from the genus Curcurbita, of the gourd family. You would know some squashes by their popular names – pumpkins, acorns and zucchini.

You may call it a fruit or a veggie, but any which way, a squash is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is amazingly dainty, versatile, piquant and an invigorating food. Whether it is a winter or a summer squash, the fact that it is low in calories and has a high fibre content accentuates its position in your daily meals as an essential health item.

If one talks about its uses, the list would seem endless! Owing to its good watery content, squash makes for a good element in daily salads when fresh. With growing interests towards baking, it also appeals to the palates of baked vegetable lovers. Flattened into patties, fried, or included as a base flavor for soups, squashes are a multifaceted and multi-talented food!Being from the green brigade, they are commonly used in salads.

Appending to the list of its wide usage, squash seeds are also edible and can be made into a number of forms or their oils can be extracted. Even the shoots and tendrils of the fruit are not bereft of nutritional qualities. So what makes them so special?

Nutritional values you can count on!

A perfect amalgamation of various organic compounds, nutrients, vitamins and minerals makes this wholesome food quite rich in nutritional profile. They are a treasure house of vitamins - A, C and E and are also loaded with B-vitamins (B6, folate, thiamin and niacin).

The summer squash varieties are watery and owing to this very fact, they are used widely in various summer drinks. They improve your metabolism and are thus an ideal friend to your weight loss diet. As they are low in calories, it’s no wonder that they are even prescribed by gym-trainers after high water loss subsequent to rigorous exercise. In fact, another advantage of their high water content is that they are very suitable for baking and can be roasted or grilled to make desserts or spiralised to be used as a nutritious alternative to pasta.

On the other hand, winter squashes are denser with nutrients like fibre and vitamin A, which not only aid in digestion but are also a blessing for your overall health. Winter squashes are commonly boiled, steamed or roasted for soups and salads.

A prudent export commodity

Over the last few years India has emerged as one of the major exporters of squashes and total value of exports has steadily increased. In the last 10 years, India has exported squash products worth US$ 9.79 million. In this duration, highest value of export was recorded at US$ 1.8 million in 2018. In the last fiscal, UAE, UK, Kenya, Maldives, Bahrain, and Qatar were some of the top countries where squash was exported from India. Players like Sportiff India Pvt Ltd, Stuart Leisure India Pvt Ltd, Seagull Tex, Delux Sports India Pvt Ltd, and Weavers Fashion are some of the players dealing in squash variants.