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Just as tasty as
THE SKINNY ON
How do I choose a good one?
Look for vegetables that are firm, brightly
colored and still have at least part of the
stem attached, which indicates freshness.
Is bigger necessarily better?
No-although those massive homegrown
specimens are fun for photo ops and state
fairs, they tend to be less flavorful and
more pulpy than their smaller counterparts.
Instead, aim for a zucchini that's no more
than 6 inches long and 2 inches in diameter,
or about the size of a standard flashlight.
Can I eat the skin?
Yes, unless it's been coated with wax, which
is sometimes done to preserve shelf life.
Check by running your finger slowly over
the vegetable to feel for a coating. If there's
wax, either wash it off or use a peeler to
remove the skin.
Can I eat the flowers?
Absolutely. Although deep-frying the
blossoms is a classic preparation, they're
also delicious added to soups, stuffed
with cheese and baked, or used to make
squash-blossom quesadillas, which are
popular in Mexico.
PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK
If you love growing veggies,
check out Burpee's Garden Time
app, available on Google Play
and iTunes. It offers customized planting recommendations
based on your location, timelines to help you stay organized
and weather alerts for conditions
that could affect your garden.
SUMME R 2017