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17 Feb 2003

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Is there another name for gyms squash? Winter or summer squash? What is the energy value and nutritional value?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tanya
Gem squashes or summer squashes are about the size of a tennis ball with a dark green, smooth outer skin and a pale yellow flesh inside. Then you can also get Hubbard squash which is sometimes called winter squash. These are large (soccer ball size) with a rough dark green or orange skin, and dark yellow or orange flesh. The gem squashes have a very low nutritive content , i.e. 94% water, 85 kJ/100g and some potassium. The Hubbard or winter squashes have a higher energy content of 169 kJ/100g but they contain plenty of potassium (440mg/100g) and are an excellent source of vitamin A (360 RE/100g). So the Hubbard or winter squashes are a better choice from a nutritional point of view.
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