Summer Squash

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Seasonality:

  • Summer squash is available year-round in some regions, with peak season being June to August.

Health Benefits of Summer Squash:

  • Summer squash is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium and Vitamin B6.
  • The nutrients in summer squash help lower cholesterol, guard against asthma, strengthen teeth and bones, reduce blood pressure and aids in eye development.
  • Additionally, the manganese in summer squash helps the body process fats, carbohydrates and glucose.

How to Select Summer Squash:

  • Choose small to medium-sized summer squash (6-8 inches in length, 2 or less inches in diameter) with shiny, bright yellow skin. It should be firm and feel heavy for its size.
  • Minor superficial scratched or bruises are common and perfectly fine.
  • Avoid summer squash with pitted skin, spongy textures, or soft or wrinkled ends.

How to Store Summer Squash:

  • Store summer squash unwashed in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • If summer squash starts to soften or wilt, use immediately.

How to Prepare Summer Squash:

  • Always wash before preparing. Summer squash does not need to be peeled.
  • To freeze: slice into rounds, blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry. Store in airtight containers or a plastic bag up to 1 year.

Fun Facts About Summer Squash:

  • Summer squash can grow up to 2 inches in length every 24 hours.

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