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I stock food and follow this procedure, but can see that these are not only the same family - the gourd family, but also the same species.

Both have a hard outer shell. Why does one ( Zucchini ) require refrigeration but not the others?

I would assume the answer holds true for cucumbers as well.

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The short answer is that they are different types of squash, although both are squash.

Zucchini is a summer squash, which has soft flesh and a malleable rind.

Both acorn and spaghetti squash, much like pumpkins, are winter squash, with harder flesh and a tough rind. If cured, they can be stored for months at cool root cellar temperatures, and for a reasonable amount of time at regular room temperature.

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what is the flesh and what is the rind? do you have a link? –  nativist.bill.cutting Dec 21 '13 at 23:41
    
The rind is the peel or outer skin; the flesh is the meaty part you eat. I didn't look for references on this, although you can easily check the wikipedia article for each type of squash. –  SAJ14SAJ Dec 21 '13 at 23:43
    
that makes sense. –  nativist.bill.cutting Dec 21 '13 at 23:43

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