The squash probably originated in Mexico or Central America. Although edible wild types are no longer known, related species with small, very bitter fruits are still found in this region. Squash was first gathered by indigenous people around 8000 B.C., but apparently only the seeds were eaten, because the fruits were unappealing. Cultivation of squash may have begun around Tehuacan, south of Mexico City, around 3400 B.C. From there, peoples throughout North and South America adopted squash cultivation. By the time squash was introduced to Europe in the 16th century, most of the modern types were already developed. Squash quickly became a staple in the

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