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Summer Squash

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Foods Included

Zucchini, Crookneck, Yellow Squash, Chayote, Carnival squash, Hubbard squash, Banana squash, Sweet Dumpling squash

Description

Summer squash come in many varieties and can be substituted for each other in cooking. Unlike winter squash, you can eat the skin and seeds in summer squash. Summer squash doesn't have as long of a shelf life as winter squash.

Buy It

  • Choose squash small to medium in size with skiny, tight skin.

Store It

  • Summer squash should be stored at room temperature on the counter, rather than in the refrigerator, and will stay good for 1-4 days.
  • Wash and trim ends when ready to eat.

Cook It

  • Slice squash and sauté in veg oil and garlic.
  • Boil chunks for 20 minutes.

Why It's Great

  • B Vitamins helps our cells grow and stay healthy.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Riboflavin is a B vitamin that helps our body change carbohydrates into energy and is important for body growth and eye health.

     

Try It

Oven Fried Chicken with Summer Squash
55 mins
Carrots and Chayote with Lemon
20 mins
Squash and Corn Pasta Soup
40 mins
Summer Squash
5 hrs 30 mins
Zucchini White Bean Salad
15 mins
Mackerel with Squash
30 mins