Summer Squash

By Cathy Huyghe

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"While many of us are looking for a cool escape from the summer sun, Boston-area CSA offerings are heating up with treats like summer squash finding their way into shares soon. Squash already, you ask? Ben Zoba, grower for The Food Project’s Northshore program in Beverly and Ipswich, explains:

“Summer squash differs from fall and winter squash in that it is harvested before the rind hardens and the fruit matures. It’s one of the most prolific crops we grow, with one plant able to produce dozens of pounds of squash throughout the summer. Here at the farm, we grow three different varieties of summer squash: a green zucchini, a yellow squash commonly called crookneck, and a UFO-shaped squash called pattypan. As its name suggests, summer squash is a true announcer of summer and is one of the steady crops that usually accompanies us until the fall.”

Cathy Huyghe writes for the WGBH Daily Dish blog, where we explore myriad ways and places to experience good food and wine."



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