Summer Squash

summer squash

Find Summer Squash

Summer squash have thin edible skins and seeds and should be picked when young and tender. They are very perishable compared to the winter varieties.

Zucchini is the most common, it has a dark green and yellow skin and is similar to a cucumber in shape. At their best when 7-8 inches long.

Pattypan squash is pale green or yellow round, flat and scalloped . It should be harvested when 3 days to a week old, otherwise it looses all its charm. It has a nutty flavor and is perfect for stuffing with cheese, veggies or meats.

Crookneck squash is round with a tapering curved neck and a bumpy golden yellow skin. Best picked when 6" long. Use in soups, stews, baked or steamed.

Sunburst squash is smooth, yellow and acorn shaped. It is small, delicate and mild tasting. Good as an appetizer with a dip.

Yellow squash looks like a yellow zucchini.

Chayote squash is pale green, pear shaped and has a single seed. Suitable for stuffing.

Opo or Asian squash is similar to zucchini, very good in stir fries. It must be consumed when very young and tender or it becomes bitter.

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