Eight Ball Squash
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The outer skin of the Eight ball squash is smooth and glossy with a deep forest green color and paler green striations. The inner flesh is ivory white with light green hues and tiny, negligible seeds. Their flavor is buttery and sweet with nutty accents that deepen with cooking. They generally range in size from one to four inches in diameter. The smaller sizes have the sweetest and most flavorful flesh, while the larger sizes are firmer, but excellent for stuffing. Squash that are larger than four inches have a tendency to develop a woody texture and hard unpalatable seeds.
Eight ball squash is available year-round with peak season in the summer.
Eight ball squash is botanically classified as Cucurbita pepo. It is a hybrid summer squash variety with an almost perfectly round shape, hence the name.