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Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • Winter squash have hard skin and fleshy inside, should be heavy, free of spots.
  • To cure winter squash after picking: hold at 70-80 degrees for 10-20 days, and then remove to a dry place at 45-50 degrees. Store up to 6 months.
  • Summer squash should be young and tender.
  • Refrigerate summer squash unrinsed in a plastic bag. Use within 2-3 days.

Try it!

  • Often cooked but some summer squash is eaten raw with dip or in salad.
  • Cook by steaming, sautéing, grilling, microwave, or baking. Add to stir fry, soup, or casseroles. Bake in bread, cakes and pies.
  • Cut winter squash in half and remove seeds. Place unpeeled pieces cut side down on a shallow baking sheet.
  • Winter squash is done when it pierces easily with a fork; 30 minutes or more. Spoon out the soft flesh and blend.

Like it! Zucchini Carrot Bread


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Stir together dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg; add oil, zucchini and carrots. Mix well.
  3. Add zucchini mixture and nuts to flour mixture. Stir until all flour is blended.
  4. Scrape into a well-greased 9-inch bread pan.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Cool in the pan 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a plate.

Yield: One 9-inch loaf

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 270; Fat 1g; Sodium 20mg; Carbohydrates 33g; Fiber 1g; Sugars 19g; Protein 3g

Source: University of Illinois Extension

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