Zucchini: An International Favorite
The zucchini is probably the most popular variety of summer squash around the world. They are quick and easy to cook and are generally available year round in most supermarkets.
Zucchini originated in Europe, and are called courgette in France, Ireland and the U.K. The first record of them in the U.S. dates back to 1920 - most likely brought to California by Italian immigrants.
This low-cal and nutritious squash (high in folate, potassium and vitamin A) is also one of the easiest vegetables to grow in home gardens.
How to Choose
Zucchini can be found in several color variations: yellow, dark green or light green. For the best flavor, choose zucchini that are on the small side with smooth, glossy, unblemished skins. They can be stored for up to three days after purchase, but after refrigerating, you may notice pits in the surface; these pits are a result of chilling damage, and the zucchini should be used right away. Don't wash zucchini until just before you're ready to use them.
How to Cook
Cooking methods include steaming, baking, grilling, boiling, frying and stuffing. Tip: 1 pound of zucchini = about 3 cups chopped.
Recipe Suggestions ~
- Zucchini-Parmesan Fritters
- Summer Garden Orzo
- Hungarian-Style Summer Squash With Dill
- Tortellini and Zucchini Alla Arrabiata
- Linguine With Shrimp, Zucchini And Red Pepper
- Tomato, Zucchini and Fontina Frittata
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