Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) aka: courgettes, are long tube shaped vegetables with a thin outer green or yellow skin and crisp white inner flesh with small edible seeds in the center.
Health Benefits of Zucchini
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Slowing Aging
- DNA Repair and Protection
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Alzheimer's Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Zucchini, and may not necessarily be related to Zucchini.
How to choose Zucchini
Look for younger, smaller, and thinner zucchini as they will have a more tender texture and taste. Younger zucchini will also have smaller seeds making them easier to be eaten.
Climate and origin
Zucchini and squash originated in the Americas and are very hardy plants that will grow in cold temperate to subtropical climates. (Zones 3-11 in the U.S.)
Zucchini has a mildly fragrant taste that is slightly sweet. Raw it has a crisp texture, and cooked it has a mushy texture.
The flowers of zucchini are edible, have a bitter taste, crunchy texture, and are a great way to dress up a plate for a fancy meal.
Similar tasting produce
Summer squash, Eggplant
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Zucchini + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin B6 | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Manganese | Potassium | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other vegetables.
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