If you’re a fan of farmer’s markets, you’ve probably been seeing a lot of zucchini lately. While this variety of summer squash is fairly common, there are a few uncommon aspects to zucchini many people don’t know about.
For instance, did you know zucchini is not actually a vegetable? Because it grows from a blossom, zucchini is technically a fruit. And zucchini blossoms aren’t just pretty – a lot of people make some amazing food with this delicate flower.
Zucchini is also responsible for the zoodles phenomenon. People looking to go lower carb, or simply avoid gluten, are starting to make noodles out of zucchini, and the recipes are out of control! You can even buy zoodle machines, and make zucchini noodles all day and night.
If you want a side dish that has a lot of health benefits but not a lot of calories, then zucchini is for you. Coming in at only 21 calories a cup, you can add some spices, salt and pepper, and saute yourself a satisfying, low-calorie side.
A hefty dose of vitamin C, that water-soluble vitamin we all need to replenish daily, can be found in a cup of zucchini. You’ll get about 25 percent of your daily recommended intake.
Zucchini also has a good amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, phytonutrients that promote healthy eyesight.
If you’re looking for a few awesome ways to use up all that zucchini in your garden, try a few of these recipes:
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