Summer squash

Fresh summer squash

How to select

Choose squash that is heavy for its size with a glossy appearance.

How to prepare

  • Yellow squash has a thin skin that does not require peeling. Simply wash, cut, and add to your favorite recipe. 

How to store

  • Store fresh squash in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 
  • Keep squash in a plastic bag or container to maintain moisture.  

Peak season 


Ways to use

  • Yellow squash can be used in place of zucchini for many recipes. 
  • Saute and mix with whole-grain pasta, brown rice or quinoa.
  • Make a squash “boat” by cutting the shell in half lengthwise, scooping out the inside, and filling with cooked rice and ground beef.  Bake in the oven.

Fun facts

  • Summer squashes are eaten whole while winter squashes often need the skin and seeds removed. 
  • Summer squashes are related to melons. 
  • Squash is a key part of indigenous diets.

Nutrition info and facts

A great source of vitamin C to help the immune system. High in vitamin A which can promote healthy eyes and skin. Provides potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain fluid balance.

1 medium summer squash = 31 calories, 2 g protein, 7 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 29 g calcium, 33 mg magnesium, 75 mg phosphorus, 514 mg potassium, 33 mg vitamin C, 20 µg vitamin A

Learn more 

Growing summer squash and zucchini in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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