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Turban squash, also known as "Turk's turban" or "French turban" (''"Giraumon"'' in French), is a type of
squash Squash may refer to: Sports * Squash (sport), the high-speed racquet sport also known as squash racquets * Squash (professional wrestling), an extremely one-sided match in professional wrestling * Squash tennis, a game similar to squash racquets ...
most often used as a
winter squash Winter squash is an annual fruit representing several squash Squash may refer to: Sports * Squash (sport), the high-speed racquet sport also known as squash racquets * Squash (professional wrestling), an extremely one-sided match in profession ...
. It is an
heirloom In popular usage, an heirloom is something that has been passed down for Generation, generations through family members. Examples are a Family Bible (book), Family Bible, antiques or jewelry. The term originated with the historical principl ...
, predating 1820. A cultivar of ''
Cucurbita maxima ''Cucurbita maxima'', one of at least four species of cultivated Squash (plant), squash, is one of the most diverse domesticated species. This species originated in South America from the wild ''Cucurbita andreana'' over 4000 years ago. The two s ...

Cucurbita maxima
'', it is closely related to the
buttercup squash ''Cucurbita maxima'', one of at least four species of cultivated Squash (plant), squash, is one of the most diverse domesticated species. This species originated in South America from the wild ''Cucurbita andreana'' over 4000 years ago. The two spe ...
. It is typically 6 pounds when mature. Colors vary, but are often mottled in shades of orange, green, and white. The squash is used as both a
vegetable Vegetables are parts of plants that are consumed by humans or other animals as food. The original meaning is still commonly used and is applied to plants collectively to refer to all edible plant matter, including the flowers A flower, som ...
and as an ornamental
gourd Gourds include the fruits of some flowering plant Flowering plants include multiple members of the clade Angiospermae (), commonly called angiosperms. The term "angiosperm" is derived from the Greek#REDIRECT Greek Greek may refer to: Gre ...

gourd
. Taste is similar to other ''
C. maxima
C. maxima
'' cultivars, though "not as vibrant," "reminiscent to
hazelnut The hazelnut is the fruit In botany Botany, also called , plant biology or phytology, is the science of plant life and a branch of biology. A botanist, plant scientist or phytologist is a scientist who specialises in this field. ...

hazelnut
," and "coarse, watery and insipid." Known in the nineteenth century as "the most beautiful in color, and the most worthless in quality, of all the varieties of squash;" More recently, Ian Knauer, author of "The Farm", has described it as "nutty and sweet".Meatless Mondays: Roasted Turk’s Turban Squash and Onions With Tahini Dressing
/ref> There are two varieties or cultivars: *''Turk's turban'': a medium-sized tricolor gourd with red cap and red, green and white turban. *''Mini red turban'': a small-sized bicolor gourd with red cap and white turban (sometimes with narrow red stripes). Like a mushroom.


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