Squash - Summer
Summer 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.