As I mentioned in last Monday’s post about the GEFU Spirelli, I have loads of (huge!) zucchini from my garden. As of now I have incorporated them into my (healthy) brownies, made soup, threw them on home-made pizza and swirled them into zuchetti or zoodles, whatever you want to call it and I have a few more recipes up my sleeve were they would be perfect in. A great vegetable that keeps well for a long time and definitely something to enjoy this season. Therefore today’s Product Highlight is all about the delicious and nutritious Zucchini!
- Zucchini or courgette is a summer squash that belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Although used mostly in savory dishes, botanically zucchini is a fruit, actually a type of berry, as part of the zucchini flower
- Zucchini is very low calories (approx. 15 per 100 grams fresh zucchini), containing useful amounts of folate, potassium and Vitamin A. Other than that, zucchini has a high water content and is rich in fiber, which makes it a perfect when you’re on a diet. It keeps you feeling full for a long time and you can pretty much eat a lot of it without adding too much calories
- This fruit/vegetable contains an unusual amount of antioxidant nutrients, including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are especially helpful in protection of the eye, including protection against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts
- The magnesium content notably reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In combination with potassium, magnesium also helps in reducing high blood pressure. Folate is required by the body to eliminate homocysteine, which can result in heart attacks and stroke if the levels rise too high
Tip: Look for zucchini that are heavy for their size and have shiny, unblemished rinds. If the rinds are too hard, that indicates that the vegetable is over-mature. It’s best to select the ones that are of average size for the best texture and flavor