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Summer Squash Basics

August 2, 2010

One of the most common vegetables you’ll find at the supermarket or farmers markets during the summer is summer squash. Unlike winter squash, summer squash has a higher water content and is not a starchy vegetable, making it lower in calories. There are different types of summer squash, including:

    • Zucchini — commonly green & similar in shape to a cucumber
    • Yellow Summer Squash — often used interchangeably with zucchini
    • Pattypan Squash — yellow or green in color, small and round with scalloped edges; more tender and delicate than other summer squash varieties

All summer squash varieties are good sources of vitamins A and C, manganese, magnesium, and potassium, nutrients that are involved in heart health, preventing arthritis, and keeping your skin beautiful.

Nutrition Facts for 1 cup sliced, cooked summer squash: 36 calories, 1.6 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 0.5 g fat

Coming up: Ways to use summer squash!

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    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your favorite way to enjoy summer squash!!