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Learn to Love: Summer Squash

I have always held Winter squash in greater esteem than the Summer variety, since zucchini and crook neck squash seem to pale in comparison nutritionally. But it looks like I was wrong, because Summer squash has a lot to offer.

One cup of zucchini provides about 15 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C and 10 percent of vitamin A. This veggie is high in manganese, a trace mineral that supports an active metabolism as well as brain function and bone health. One cup of Summer squash also provides two and a half grams of fiber, and every little bit of fiber adds up to make a healthy diet. Plus, you get around 10 percent of your daily intake requirements for potassium, folate, and vitamin K with a cup of squash, as well as a bit of omega-3 fatty acids. This variety of squash is also high in phytonutrients, though not quite as high as root vegetables, which have cancer-fighting effects.

Now that I have convinced us both of the nutritional merits this versatile vegetable, I am sure you are going to want to cook some up tonight. You can check out my serving suggestions when you


Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy green and yellow zucchini, crook neck squash, patty pan, and butter blossom squash:

  • Chop up a variety of Summer squash and saute in olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes for an easy side dish.
  • Slice zucchini lengthwise, dip in olive oil, and grill.
  • For a veggie entree, cook up some creamy zucchini boats.

Love Summer squash? How do you like to cook you zucchini?


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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
We just had grilled zucchini with our dinner last night! Yum!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm not a huge fan of it, but it grows so well here that my inlaws and my parents always plant it and give me a ton of it. I've learned how to make them palatable though...I steam them and eat them with a bit of lemon juice and basil. I also chop them up and add them to vegetable soup and pasta sauce.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 8 years
I steam it and serve it with stewed tomatoes. YUM!!!
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Oh, you don't have to waste your breath trying to get me to eat zucchini, because I love it. I had some last night, in fact. Grilled those bad boys up and put them on my turkey burger. :D I put squash in my food year round, thanks California!
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
These are my favorite summer veggies - I like to throw some zucchini and yellow squash on skewers along with peppers and onions and grill them up for tasty veggie kabobs. I also drizzle olive oil in a pan and cook them up, squeeze a little lemon juice and sprinkle some parmesan good!
kclulu kclulu 8 years
Good idea mamasitamali, I am going to have to try that. I also love to grill it though with olive oil and rub it with some garlic. I wish it were summer all of the time!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I julienne it and add it to cole slaw/salads
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