Zucchini

Seasonality:

  • Summer squash is available year-round in some regions, with peak season being June to August.

Health Benefits of Zucchini:

  • Rich in fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, zucchini helps lower cholesterol, guards against asthma and strengthens teeth and bones.
  • Zucchini is a good source of potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure.
  • The Vitamin A in zucchini also helps in eye development and preventing age-related conditions.

How to Select Zucchini:

  • Choose small to medium-sized zucchini (6-8 inches in length, 2 or less inches in diameter) with shiny, bright green skin. It should be firm and feel heavy for its size.
  • Minor superficial scratched or bruises are common and perfectly fine.
  • Avoid zucchini with pitted skin, spongy textures, or soft or wrinkled ends.

How to Store Zucchini:

  • Store zucchini unwashed in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • If zucchini starts to soften or wilt, use immediately.

How to Prepare Zucchini:

  • Always wash before preparing. Zucchini does not need to be peeled.
  • To freeze: slice into rounds, blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry. Store in airtight containers or a plastic bag up to 1 year.
  • Check out these 7 Delicious Ways to Cook with Zucchini!

Fun Facts About Zucchini:

  • The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs. Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK, grew the humongous veggie.

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