Zucchini is a dark or light green summer squash. Zucchini can grow to be very large but are picked before they reach that point. Zucchini grow on a sprawling vine and have an edible flower as well.
Zucchini can be eaten both raw and cooked, skin on or skin off. The flower of the zucchini can be eaten as well. Zucchini is most often used cooked. You can steam, boil, grill, stuff, bake, fry and many more methods to use these very versatile vegetables.
- Varieties –
There are 10 varieties of zucchini. Most commonly you will find the solid green zucchini but there are also striped, and even golden yellow zucchini. You may be tempted by the largest zucchini, but they are sweetest and most tender when they are small.
Store your zucchini in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to a week. Zucchini need air as to not create moisture in the bag and become slimy, so be sure the bag is only loosely tied.
- Nutrition- Vitamin A, C, D, B-6, B-12, calcium, iron, magnesium
Zucchini and summer squash can be cut into “noodles” with a veggie peeler (those of you with spiralizers-here’s a great opportunity!)
Save your ends and seed-filled middles in the fridge. When you have enough, try a variation of scrappy pickles, such as this one by Rachel Ray!
Recipes Using Zucchini
You can be completely flexible here with this method of baking up zucchini fries! Simply chop your zucchini sticks, dip into your wet mixture of choice, roll in your dry mixture of choice, and bake to a golden brown! Vegan options, full-fat delicious options, and slimmed down options are mentioned here. Make it your own!
Whether using a simple and inexpensive spiralizer hand tool, or fancy Kitchen Aid attachment, the beginning of zucchini season is a wonderful time to try zoodles! This marinade provides a very flexible way to enjoy zucchini noodles or “zoodles” with whatever other veggies you have on-hand. I used pressed tofu for this recipe, but you can easily make it work with meat, too.