Originally from Mesoamerica and then owned and popularized by the Italians, Zucchini is a member of the squash family. Although Zucchini is considered to be a vegetable it’s botanically classified as a fruit. Zucchinis are usually harvested and consumed prematurely or before they ripen. The taste, versatility, and its health benefits are the reasons behind the popularity of the exotic squash.
Zucchinis are extremely low in calories, a cup of Zucchini contains a meagre 19 calories! The versatility of this squash allows you to create a wide range of dishes all while being on the track towards a healthy lifestyle. Zucchini has a good amount of potassium, around 8% of your daily recommended value. Zucchinis are packed with Vitamin C, which helps in getting rid of free radicles, lowers blood pressure, protects against clogged arteries and ensures healthy skin. The presence of vitamin B6, which helps regulate blood sugar glucose acts as a preventive measure against diabetes.
Compounds such as lutein and zeaxanthin protect our eyes by filtering out blue light wavelengths and Zucchini is a rich source of these compounds. Due to the high water and fiber properties, it aids in digestion by helping in the formation of stools. This fruit is rich in water and has low-calorie density, which may help you feel full, making it a must-have for those looking to lose weight. Zucchini is a rich source of Vitamin K which strengthens the bones.
This Italian variety of squash has spread all across the world. Zucchinis are one of the most versatile and one of the healthiest ingredients you can get your hands on. Steam it, boil it, grill it, stuff it, bake it, barbecue it, or fry it there are countless ways to eat your Zucchini, start experimenting and find your favorite way to gobble down these fruits!
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You will need:
- One large fresh Zucchini (diced).
- One tbsp butter.
- Three cloves of minced garlic.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat a pan, and add some butter. Melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the chopped garlic give it a stir and then add the diced Zucchini. Stir occasionally for around 2-3 minutes till the Zucchini is brown and tender.
- Season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix. You can also add grated cheese if you like it.
- Enjoy your garlic buttered Zucchini as a side dish or as a quick snack!