Standard green zucchini are a real favorite around these parts – plentiful, easy to cook and versatile, what’s not to love? Zucchini are so easy to grow you’ll find them in stores all year round, but come summer, the choice gets much more weird and wonderful.

From smooth dark green to stripy yellow, long or round in shape, smooth or bumpy, ridged skin, the choice of summer squash is almost endless. So whether you’re wondering how to cook the squash currently hanging around in your vegetable crisper or planning a trip to the farmer’s market, here’s what to do with these gorgeous gourds.

  1. Zucchini Noodles With Eggplant and Tomatoes. Choose young yellow squash (a different variety to yellow zucchini) for this fresh summery take on ratatouille. Their mild and sweet flesh is great raw so spiralize and serve with pan-seared cherry tomatoes and eggplant.
  1. Capellini With Spicy Zucchini-Tomato Sauce. Costata romanesco zucchini, or Italian zucchini, have pale green ridges running along their sides and have a slightly stronger flavor than the usual green zucchini. Use them in a punchy pasta sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes if you can find them.
  1. Mediterranean Stuffed Round Zucchini. Sometimes known as eight ball zucchini, round zucchini are very similar to the classic zucchini in taste. Their squat, round shape however, means they’re perfect for stuffing. We love this Mediterranean-inspired recipe with feta, pine nuts and basil.
  1. Vegan Zucchini Gratin. If you see zepher squash at the farmer’s market, snap them up immediately – their light green and yellow two-tone skin is too pretty to leave behind! Try an appetizing gratin to display it in all its glory, this recipe is even vegan – win win!
  1. Sautéed Baby Squash with Basil and Feta. Pattypan squash are also known as UFO squash so we’re sure you can guess what they look like! Their flesh is slightly firmer than usual, with more bite than other varieties. Use the most fun shaped squash of all in a flavorsome sauté with basil and feta.

What new produce have you cooked lately? Share your successes with us in the comments below!