Squash

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Summer Squash

Seasonality
L&M has zucchini and yellow squash available year-round from our farms up and down the east coast, in Michigan and from Mexico during the winter and early spring months. Summer squash is an extremely versatile vegetable; great for grilling, frying, sautéing, roasting, and stir frying. It can be used as a simple side dish, cooked in casseroles, pasta dishes, or soups, shredded on a salad, or for raw snacking.

Health Benefits
Summer squash is high in Vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system. Summer squash is also high in Vitamin A, which supports eye and brain health. It’s a great low calorie food to add into your diet.

Storage
Store summer squash in your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer for up to 5 days.

Hard Squash

Seasonality
We have hard squash available year-round from our farms in the south east and Michigan. Hard squashes are delicious, low-calorie options for all types of cuisine; sweet and savory, entrée or side. While their tough exterior can be a bit intimidating, Hard squash can be easily prepared and yield tasty results, well worth the efforts. Here are some quick preparation tips to help you tackle the hard squashes.

  • Acorn Squash: Microwave cooking: Poke the skin of a whole squash in several places with a sharp knife to let steam escape. Place whole squash in microwave, cook on high for 10 mins. If not fork tender, cook in 2-min increments until easily pierced with fork. Using potholders, remove squash from microwave, cut in half, scoop out seeds. Fill centers with your favorite stuffing, chili or casserole for a sweet twist on your favorite classics.
  • Butternut Squash: Microwave cooking: Poke the skin of a whole squash in several places with a
    sharp knife to let steam escape. Place whole squash in the microwave, cook on high for 10 minutes. If not fork tender, cook in 2-minute increments until easily pierced with a fork. Using potholders, remove squash from microwave, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Slice and cube squash or spoon squash into a bowl.
  • Spaghetti Squash: Quick Cooking Tip: Poke the skin of a whole squash several times with a sharp knife to let steam escape. Place whole squash in microwave and cook for 10 minutes. If not fork tender, cook in 2-minute increments until easily pierced with a fork. Using potholders, remove squash from microwave, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Use a fork to separate the strands.

Health Benefits

Hard squash is high in Vitamin A which promotes eye health. Hard squashes also contain potassium which, promotes bone health, and beta carotene which can aid in prevention of heart disease and cancer. Storage: Keep hard squash at room temperature away from direct sunlight and moisture for up to 4 months