Zucchini is an edible vegetable also known as courgette from the French or baby marrow in the British Isles regions. It is of the family of squash and pumpkins. It bears several names based on the region that uses it.
The Zucchini originated in the Americas and can grow to a length of 1 meter is left to mature to that length. Therefore the Zucchini us usually harvested when younger. Finger-sized squash is normally referred to as baby marrow.
It comes in a selection of sizes and thickness and an assortment of color variations. Generally, they are green or yellow with white or light green patters running the length of the squash. The plant bears yellow flowers with five petals.
In the fields, they tend to grow as bush vines and fruits are ready for harvesting in about one and a half to two months. Fresh fruits are smooth and glossy in texture.
They are firm and should not contain mold or broken skin. They are available in the market all year around.
Culinary Preparation of Zucchini
Like tomatoes, Zucchini is a fruit that is consumed as a vegetable because of its savory nature and tendency to be cooked before consuming.
To prepare the plant for a meal, wash the fruits in running water to remove dirt and pesticide residue scrubbing lightly where necessary.
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Zucchini provides only 17 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More per 100 grams and contains no cholesterol or saturated fats. It is a good source of dietary Fiber also referred to as dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. It comes either soluble in water or insoluble. They are normally resistant to absorption in the human digestive tract. They are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps increase bulk in ingested foods, softens stool and shortens the total time... More and antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Zucchini is rich in the B-complex vitamins including Folates are also known as Folic acid or vitamin B9 is good for DNA synthesis and is essential for alleviating Anemia and in pregnant women infant neural tube defects. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid can be found naturally in leafy green vegetables. Steam cooking helps retain more of the vitamin during cooking. You can also get it from... More, Pyridoxine is also known as pyridoxol or vitamin B6 and can be gotten from fruit, vegetables, and grains. It helps prevent confusion, ulcerations, conjuctivitis, intertigo and neuropathy among others. Alcoholics and the elderly are usually the demographics that tend to have increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More, Thiamin, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 helps prevent disorders like beriberi and korsakoff's syndrome and can lead to metabolic coma and death. Yeast, yeast extract, pork, whole grain brown bread and other cereals are good sources of vitamin B1.... More, and Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin used by animals to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Major food sources include dried mushrooms, liver, dried egg yolks and sunflower seeds among others. Pantothenic acid deficiency is extremely rare but symptoms include impaired energy production, irritability, fatigue, and... More. It is also rich in Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds like retinol, retinoic acid provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene and is important for growth, immune system and good vision especially in low-light and color vision. It can be found in several foods including liver, cod liver oil, carrot, green vegetables, butter, milk sweet potato, Cheese and fish among others.... More, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It is a good source of Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Zinc.