The zucchini, also known as the summer squash, belongs to the Cucurbita pepo family, and was thought to have start growing domestically in Mexico. This water packed, low calorie veggie makes a delightful addition to a variety of dishes. Zucchini can be bright yellow, green with lighter stripes or dark green in colour. However, it is most common to find dark green skinned zucchini in grocery stores.
Benefits of Zucchini:
- A good source of vitamin A, which is important for eye health, protein synthesis and normal growth and development
- Good source of vitamin C- an antioxidant that aids in immunity, as well as collagen production.
- Rich in B vitamins like folate, vitamin B2 and B6, which are important for energy metabolism.
Nutritional Value of 1 cup (250 mL) of Cooked Zucchini:
- 28 calories
- 6 g carbohydrate
- 2 g protein
- 0.6 g fat
- 1 g fibre
- Over 100% of daily recommended vitamin A requirements
- 70% of daily vitamin C needs
Did You Know?
Zucchini is a relative of both the melon and cucumber, all of which are technically fruits! However in culinary preparation zucchini is treated as a vegetable.