Some squash make cool decorations and other make delicious fall food. So what is a squash? To get the definition you have to include the word "plant" otherwise the answer you get is "the action of crushing something" or the racket game. Apparently, it also has an urban definition which I am not cool enough to use in a sentence.

So Squash the plant is defined by Wikipedia as a vegetable that's word origin translates to green thing eaten raw. I am going to suggest you leave raw to the summer varieties and plan on cooking the squash you will find in the fall.

The Spruce has a list of edible squash that could lead you to some great fall recipes. Most squash you see at the market can be eaten but some can be more trouble then they are worth when it comes to serving them for dinner.

Top three suggestions from me would be ....

Butternut Squash Soup

Stuffed Acorn Squash (feel free to add sausage or bacon to this recipe)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you still aren't sure what squash to cook or how to cook it you can always stop in to your local farmer's market and ask. Fresh Hudson Valley squash straight from the farm will have the most flavor no matter how you decide to serve it.