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Everyday Food, Volume 25 September 2005

What Are They?
Zucchini have a mild, almost sweet flavor and a tender flesh. Unlike winter squash, zucchini have a soft, edible skin and can even be eaten uncooked (try them in a salad).

How To Buy
Look for zucchini that are firm and heavy for their size; the skin should be bright green and blemish-free. Because they are harvested earlier, smaller squash are more tender than larger ones and have thinner skins; choose squash that are less than eight inches long.

How To Store
Refrigerate zucchini in a plastic bag for up to four days; do not wash until ready to use.

How To Prepare
Depending on the cooking method that is used, zucchini may be sliced, cut into small pieces, or even shredded. To coarsely grate, use the large holes of a box grater.

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