Summer squash are vegetables with thick rinds that can be eaten and are normally green or yellow, depending on their variety. They can be cylindrical or more round shaped. Zucchini and yellow summer squash are the most common types of squash that are grown in the summer months.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Summer Squash
Summer squash is a good source of vitamin B6, which helps maintain skin health and red blood cells. Summer squash is a great source of vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds. The rinds are rich in beta-carotene, which helps eye health.
How to Select Summer Squash
For all varieties of summer squash, choose squash that are glossy, small-to-medium-sized, and heavy for their size. Choose squash that is firm and free of blemishes and damage.
How to Store Summer Squash
Store unwashed summer squash in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or in the produce drawer of the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Rinse produce under cold running water and trim both ends before using.
How to Prepare Summer Squash
- Add to salsa
- Eat zucchini sticks with dip or hummus
- Try adding raw zucchini to a salad
- Slice raw or cooked squash and add it to a sandwich
- Try baking or grilling squash
- Add zucchini to banana bread or make chocolate chip zucchini bread
- Spiralize zucchini and use in place or in addition to noodles
- Add cooked squash to an omelet
- Add chopped squash to soups or stews
Seasonal Availability of Summer Squash in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.