Zucchini (Courgette) is a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet. They contain a lot of great nutrients such as Vitamin C, folate, potassium and provitamin A, while being very low in calories. So especially if your goal is to lose some weight, zucchini is a great vegetable to add. Although, to be honest, adding any vegetable into your diet is always a good idea:-)
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Let’s learn about zucchini
But for this blog post, we will focus on zucchini. Botanically, zucchini falls under the same category as pumpkins and squashes. I feel pumpkins and squashes are still a bit more popular in our kitchens, so using zucchini instead of pumpkins or squashes (or adding zucchini into our pumpkin or squashes recipes) can be an easy way how to incorporate zucchinis into our family diet more often.
We treat zucchini as vegetables, i.e mainly for savoury dishes and as side dishes. But actually botanically zucchini is a fruit. Zucchini originated in Central America and spread all over the world.
How big can zucchini get
As for the size, zucchini can grow upto 1m/40inch in length but are usually harvested at around 20cm/8inch. The reason being the longer and bigger they get the more fibery they become.
Zucchini in our kitchens
The main season for zucchini is from May to August. Although nowadays they are available all year around. In most parts, they are also quite affordable and even in an organic/bio quality.
When you are handling zucchini, be careful as their skin is quite soft and can be easily damaged. A big positive about their sensitive skin is that you do not peel it and you can eat the zucchini as is. Well of course carefully washed first :-) This makes it a great ingredient for any dish, because it is very simple to use. And zucchini can be eaten both raw and cooked.
You can also eat the flowers. They have a beautiful yellow color, so you can use them to make the dish look more appealing.
How to store zucchini
Firstly do not wash zucchini right after you bring it home from your local market (hopefully that is where you bought it:-) ).
Store them in your fridge in the vegetable drawer. They could last upto 2 weeks there and it will be very easy for you to know once you absolutely have to use them before they go bad. Their skin will tell you. Once the skin starts getting softer, that is the latest time you can cook them before they go bad.
For more recipes with zucchini, see my other blog posts.