Locally grown squash can be found in an assortment of shapes and varieties in Colorado during the months of August through December. Try using the following tips listed below for selecting, storing, and exploring new ways to enjoy squash in your next meal.

Varieties, Selection & Storage

While there are many different varieties of squash, there are two main categories that require different selection and storage techniques.

  • Summer Squash- have thin edible skins, soft seeds, and are high in vitamins A, C and niacin. The main varieties available are: zucchini, crookneck, straightneck and scallop. For the best flavor, select blemish-free fruits that are around 4 to 6 ounces. Store in a refrigerator for up to five days. 
  • Winter Squash- have hard thick skins and seeds and provide a good source of niacin, riboflavin, and vitamins A and C. The main varieties available are: acorn, spaghetti, butternut, and banana. Look for deep colored, blemish-free fruits that are heavy for their size. Store in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet or pantry. Most varieties will store for 1-3 months.  

Ways to Enjoy

Boost nutrition and flavor by brightening your plate with squash using the following ideas:

  • Soup- add squash puree to soup for a rich-creamy base. 
  • Muffins- add shredded summer squash to muffins to increase fiber and texture.
  • Sides- roast winter squash and toss with olive oil, spices, and fresh herbs for a tasty side dish.
  • Seeds- save the seeds from the middle of the squash and bake them for a light and crunchy snack.

To learn more about preparing squash check out the Farm to Table Squash Facts Sheet.