Squash are very versatile vegetables (fruit, actually) to have around. Pumpkins are a subgroup of squash, vaguely defined. The large ones sold for Halloween are often not very good for eating. Some small varieties are grown for baking. The ‘pumpkin’ you buy in a can is actually one or more varieties of squash. Libby, which is the largest distributor of canned pumpkin, has actually developed their own variety.
Different varieties of squash have different flavor profiles and textures, so they’re not completely interchangeable. Some have a drier texture than others, all have varying degrees of . . .