The cucurbitaceae family reunion is full of all types. The sturdy, steadfast grown-ups of the group are the pumpkins and winter squash. They’re hardworking and seasoned; intimidating at first, but rosy and sweet once you get past their tough exteriors. The gourds, bulbous and freckled, are eccentric great aunts, strange and special. Visiting from Mexico, chayote cousins socialize with zucchini and summer squash along with the baby pattypans. Nobody knows quite what to make of those strange in-laws, the luffas.
Every year, the melons are the life of the party. They’re always first to crack open the vodka or oil up for a dip in the pool. Big, eager, and syrupy sweet, they’re all juice and spitting seeds and sticky cheeks. Cucumbers, the sullen teenagers of the family, find them eye-rollingly chummy. Cukes are aloof and reserved, with a faint note of bitter superiority.