One thing you’re sure to see at any summer farmer’s market is fresh zucchini.
Considered a summer squash, zucchini is a healthy veggie choice containing few calories and lots of vitamins. It’s adaptable to a variety of different flavors, from sweet to spicy to salty, and can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Try it baked, sautéed, or even as a sweet treat.
Notes on Zucchini
What to Look For:
When perusing your favorite farmer’s market over the summer, steer clear of zucchini that is too large. Try to choose the ones that are less than 6-8 inches long. Any bigger and they become bitter, watery, and thick-skinned. Make sure the skin is bright green and free of cuts, and pick the ones with at least 1 inch of stem still attached.
How to Store it:
Not ready to cook your zucchini right away? No problem! Just make sure to refrigerate it in a plastic bag for up to five days (preferably in the crisper drawer). Wait to wash it until you’re ready to cook.