When selecting summer squash, look for characteristic color and should be fairly heavy for their size. Rind should be soft and easily punctured with the fingernail.
Popular Summer Varieties
StoringStore summer squash unwashed in the refrigerator for up to a week. Keep squash away from moisture, which promotes decay.
Summer squashes may be prepared in any of the usual ways for boiling and baking vegetables and may also be fried. Peeling is not necessary. Always wash squash before preparing. Microwaving, grilling and stir-frying are also very popular way of cooking squash. Summer squash is good in many different dishes including vegetable medley, breads, salads, Asian dishes, casseroles and appetizers.
Summer squash varieties are low in sodium, high in potassium, fair amount of magnesium. A good source of fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, and vitamins A, B6 and C.