Selectingsummer squash

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

Variety

Appearance

Color Of Shell

Color Of Flesh

Yellow Crookneck

Tapers from large bottom to thin, curved neck

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow Straightneck

Tapers from large bottom to thin, curved neck

Yellow

Yellow

Zucchini

Like a rigid cucumber

Medium to deep green

Cream

 

Storing

Store summer squash unwashed in the refrigerator for up to a week. Keep squash away from moisture, which promotes decay.

 

Preparation

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.


Nutrition Information

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.