Storage and Handling Tips:
Temperature/humidity recommendation for short-term storage of 14
days or less:
41-50 degrees F/5-10 degrees C
90-95% relative humidity
Retail display tips:
Water sprinkle: Ok
Top Ice: No
Produces ethylene: Yes
Sensitive to ethylene exposure: Yes
Summer squash are very susceptible to water loss. Pre-cooling and storing in a place with high relative humidity will prevent additional water loss.
Summer squash should not be stacked more than four layers deep and should be arranged carefully so they do not fall off the rack. The display should be refrigerated. All types of Summer squash are extremely tender and are injured by the slightest scratch, bruise, or scuff. Summer squash should be handled gently throughout marketing; sorters and packers should wear cotton gloves to prevent fingernail cuts.