Zucchini is part of the Squash family. Why do I love them?
Color! Color! Color!
They are actually a fruit because they grow on a vine from a flower. This is a very versatile fruit that can be eaten cooked or raw It is very mild so you will want to add spices to flavor it. Zucchini actually falls in the category of summer squash since it is harvested before its rind hardens, but is used in dishes year round. It is easy to grow in the garden-try it!
You’ll surely be impressed with the nutritional bounty that zucchini offers. The rich green skin is full of all the goodness and devoid of the bad stuff like cholesterol. It’s also rich in flavonoid antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, and lutein, which play a significant role in slowing down aging and preventing diseases with their free radical-zapping properties.
Most of the antioxidants and fiber are in its skin, though, so it’s best to keep the skin when serving this food.
Zucchini is also a wonderful source of potassium, a heart-friendly nutrient that helps moderate your blood pressure levels and counters the effects of too much sodium. It has more potassium than a banana!
Zucchini is rich in B-complex vitamins, folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium, which are all valuable in ensuring healthy blood sugar regulation. It’s a really great choice for diabetics! It also contains essential minerals such as iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Sadly, most zucchini varieties in the United States are genetically modified, so it’s best to purchase this vegetable organic.
Want to create a little art? This clever little fruit can be put in a spiral slicer and disguised as noodles in spaghetti! Its a great way to get husbands and children to eat their greens. I’ll never tell your secret!
Look on our menu this week to find this fabulous fruit. You can enjoy it paired with the Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce.
Love and Blessings,