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Fall is in full swing and squashes of all shapes and sizes line our produce displays. With all the bright colors and unique textures, the options seem endless. We reached out to our produce buying team and learned all about each variety. Read on to get some useful tips on how to pick, store, and enjoy them at your next family gathering!

Know the Varieties

At Publix, we sell many varieties of squash. These include butternut, spaghetti, and zucchini, just to name a few. Use the chart below to identify each type!

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Did you know that pumpkins are also a type of hard squash? When it comes to this fall staple, we offer carving ones, baking ones, and this year, we’ll also offer a variety of heirloom pumpkins that are often used for decorating. Check out the varieties we sell below.

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 Pick the Best

When selecting squash, there are several things you should focus on. Our produce experts suggest looking for one that has shiny and brightly colored skin that is also free of blemishes or bruises.

Store Them Properly

Summer squash does not keep as long as hard squash. Hard squash lasts longest in a cool, dark, and dry place. In these conditions, these varieties can last weeks to months. On the other hand, summer squash should be kept in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer and is likely to keep only a few days. Some tips our produce buyers shared are: do not wash your squash until you’re ready to eat it (this will help it keep longer) and do not freeze them.

Enjoy Them in Your Next Meal

Summer squash varieties can be enjoyed whole—skin and all! You can eat these scrumptious righttreats raw, baked, fried, grilled, sautéed, microwaved, or steamed. Our Aprons team has some great summer squash recipes like our Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash for you to try.

When it comes to winter squashes, you can bake them, steam them, or microwave them. Winter squash seeds can be consumed, but only after being cooked properly.

A tasty dish to serve this holiday season is our Aprons Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash.

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Now you know how to pick your squash the next time you are in your local Publix Produce department. If you need more ideas on how to use this colorful produce while its in season, check out our blog on decorating with pumpkins for some fun ideas! How are you using squash this fall?

Catalina H.

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Catalina H. became a Publix associate in 2012 and has thought of it as a home away from home ever since. When choosing what to write about, she thinks about her own life and what she wants to know more about – that way she can learn something new, too! Although her favorite Publix brand product is the Bakery Carrot Cake, you’ll probably find her snacking on peppers and drinking lots of water when writing her blogs. Outside of work, Catalina enjoys fitness, reading, crafting, and exploring new things (do you see a theme here?).

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