- Because squash skin is edible and the recipes for many dishes call for the vegetable to be used unpeeled, look for squash whose exterior is free of soft spots and nicks.
- Smaller summer squash have a more delicate flavor and fewer seeds and are preferable to their larger counterparts, which can tend toward bitterness.
- While mature summer squash can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days, the baby varieties are more delicate and should be used within two days of purchase.
- Squash blossoms are best eaten as close as possible to the time that they are picked. They're also very fragile: handle carefully.