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Squash - Summer

gray-squash-thumbSummer squashes vary in size, shape and color and have several characteristics in common: tender flesh and skin, making them easy to use for cooking purposes; mild, nutty or buttery flavor; high moisture content; a lack of mature seeds; and are extremely perishable. The more common varieties of summer squash, zucchini and yellow crookneck, are available year round.

Unlike winter squash, summer squash are more fragile and cannot be stored for long periods of time unless frozen. For Native Americans, squashes were considered as one of the "three sisters" along with corn (maize) and beans.

Grey Squash

Grey Squash

Mexican gray squash, also called Middle Eastern or Lebanese, is a summer squash like zucchini but its more stocky and with a rounded bottom.

Patty Pan Squash

Patty Pan Squash

Pattypan squash, otherwise known as scallop squash, is a small, round, saucer-shaped vegetable that grows during summer months.

Ronde de Nice Squash

Ronde de Nice Squash

Appearing in varying shades of green, often called round zucchini, globe squash or ‘Eight Ball’ due to its distinctive shape.

Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the edible flower blossom of all varieties of summer and winter squash. They are extremely delicate to handle and should be used the day they are picked.

Sunburst Squash

Sunburst Squash

Sunburst squash are a heritage variety of summer squash related to the pattypan squash.

Yellow Bar Squash

Yellow Bar Squash

A beautiful bright yellow squash, straight with firm skin and flesh.

Yellow Crookneck Squash

Yellow Crookneck Squash

This is a variety of summer squash with bumpy, yellow skin and sweet flesh.

Zucchini

Zucchini

A hybrid of the cucumber and closely related to melons, Zucchini, whose skin can be yellow in color but is much more often found in farmers markets with its dark green skin.