12. Bitter Gourd/Squash AKA Bitter Melon
This squash is right on the border of a few different groups, as the name implies. Even though it doesn’t look like a typical squash, bitter gourd does actually come from the squash family. The taste is certainly an acquired one, and most people initially find that the squash is very bitter and unappealing. Yet, it is still a popular squash and people often find themselves enjoying the taste after a while.
11. Butternut Squash
With its sweet and nutty taste, butternut squash tends to be pretty similar to pumpkin and can be used in the same way. For example, you might see butternut squash as an ingredient in savory foods, like soups and casseroles, but it is also a common option in sweeter foods, like muffins. Overall, the squash is a particularly common choice for cooking because it is easy to peel and is sweeter than most other winter squashes.
This type of winter squash is also known as Japanese pumpkin. Visually, the squash looks like a dull squat pumpkin, but the flesh inside is a very intense yellow. The rind of the squash can be eaten or peeled off, depending on the preferences of the person using the squash. Kabocha can be found all year round, but it is most easy to find at the end of summer and the start of fall.