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Market Haul: Summer Squash

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Unlike its winter counterparts, summer squash can be eaten skin, rind, seeds, and all.

Squash is often associated with the fall harvest, but the beauty of this vegetable is that it comes in a slew of different varieties that grow at different times of the year. Common summer squashes include the yellow variety (crookneck or straightneck), pattypan (scallop-shaped), and zucchini (yellow or green, long or round). Unlike their winter counterparts, summer squash can be eaten skin, rind, seeds and all.

How to choose them
Summer squash varieties are usually interchangeable in recipes, so just choose whichever kind looks best to you at the farmers' market. Look for squash that's free of bruises, blemishes, and soft spots. The skin should be smooth.

How to use them
Summer squash is a great addition to parties and barbecues. Slice it, brush the slices with olive oil, then sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper before tossing it onto the grill. Alternatively, you can bake squash in the oven au-gratin-style. A squeeze of citrus and a clove of garlic make this recipe for thinly sliced zucchini salad vibrant and refreshing. Personally, I am a huge fan of a hearty zucchini bread.

How to store them
Store summer squash in the crisper drawer of the fridge for up to one week.

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How do you like to enjoy summer squash? Share your tips in the comments section below.

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  • S C. 4 years ago
    I love zucchini and yellow squash, lightly cooked with olive oil, onion, garlic powder served with tilapia and pan fried corn bread and with warm pears/peaches on the side prepared with nutmeg, cinnamon, butter and honey. My mom got my daughters to eat these vegetables years ago when they were little and we look forward to the harvest from the garden each year. It's better than store bought. It's amazing what a little time and patience in planting those seeds in the ground and gaining the delicious food to share with your family and others. Makes for good, family memories too.
  • Ruby D. 4 years ago
  • Susie C. 5 years ago
    There are so many ways you can use zucchini squash - it's one of my favorites - it's good by itself, or in all kinds of dishes, from pasta to salad to soup to bread
  • Meg P. 5 years ago
    If you get a really good supply of summer squash, it works VERY WELL to cut it in chunks and toss in a freezer bag. I pull out my bags of zuc and crookneck all winter long for wonderful squash in my soups. The pieces are easy to break apart since they are still firm when I freeze them. They can be frozen after they are cooked, also, if that is desired.
  • Christine N. 5 years ago
    I love my summer squash fresh picked from my garden, sliced up, and microwaved with nothing added - doesn't need it.
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