Summer Squash and Zucchini

photograph of small yellow and green summer squash.

Squash are commonly divided into two groups; summer and winter. Summer squash such as zucchini can be eaten cooked or raw.

Discover MyPlate: Vegetables

Discover MyPlate includes six Emergent Readers featuring kindergarten-level sight words that help children build literacy skills while learning about the five food groups and MyPlate.

Vegetables includes the sight words: I, have (used in Lessons 1 and 3)
A MyPlate Meal includes the sight words: I, she, he, we, has, have

zucchini and pasta dish Zucchini Recipes


Quantity recipes containing zucchini from the USDA Mixing Bowl.

summer squash plant Squash Fact Sheet (PDF | 430 KB)

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

This fact sheet provides growing information, food safety tips, nutrient information, mealtime ideas, fun facts, and ways to involve children in preparation. From One to Grow On: A Garden-Based Learning Program for Preschoolers.

Events booklet Popular Events Idea Booklet

Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks  USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet  USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition



cartoon squash Reasons for the Seasons: Summer Squash (2012) (PDF | 381 KB)

University of California Cooperative Extension.

Four page fact sheet includes nutrition benefits, serving tips, tips to prevent food-borne illness, shopping tips, preparation, handing and storage. There are also two recipes and a coloring page for children.

Vegetables for Health Series: Zucchini and Summer Squash

University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

This two page fact sheet includes facts about summer squash and zucchini, information about nutrition, selection, storage and preparation. Includes three recipes with nutrition facts.

Watch Your Garden Grow - Summer Squash

University of Illinois Extension.

Web fact sheet explains the different varieties of summer squash, gives selection and storage tips, and provides nutritional value and health benefits. Also includes preparation and serving tips, home preservation guidance and a recipe.

zucchini What to Do With Zucchini!

University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lancaster County Extension.

Three page fact sheet includes tips for preparing and freezing zucchini, in addition to several recipes for zucchini.