ZUCCHINI 101

Zucchini is probably the best known of the summer squashes, zucchini is a type of narrow squash that resembles a cucumber in size and shape. It has smooth, thin skin that is green and can be striped or speckled. Its tender flesh is creamy white in color and features numerous seeds. Its edible flowers are often used in French and Italian cooking.

Avoiding washing zucchini before storing. Store in plastic bags in the crisper drawer of your fridge. Stores well for up to a week.

Some simple ways to use summer squash: sprinkle grated zucchini or other summer squash on top of salads and sandwiches. Saute summer squash, onions, bell peppers, eggplant and tomatoes and then simmer the mixture in tomato sauce. Season to taste. Serve raw summer squash with your favorite dips. Add summer squash to your favorite muffin or bread recipe; decrease the amount of liquid in the recipe by about one-third to compensate for the moisture present in the squash.

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