All summer long, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the fruits and veggies you might find on a Farmer Foodshare truck and on their way to stores, restaurants and nonprofits around the Triangle. This week: Zucchini!
What is Zucchini?
Zucchini is a variety of summer squash. Zucchini is usually dark green (even black!), but certain types can also be found in lighter shades and even yellow. Zucchini looks like an elongated cucumber or green squash. The flesh is soft and succulent and often lighter than the outer, darker skin.
Did you know?
This “vegetable” is actually an immature fruit. Also: zucchini were first brought to the United States from Italy in the 1920s.
Why should you eat it?
A zucchini has more potassium than a banana! It’s also a great source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, and beta carotene.
How do YOU eat it?
David P of Durham told us: “We have a thing that makes noodles out of zucchini, great for Pad Thai! And for those who need a lot of help to eat veggies, the Good Lord gave us ranch dressing.” Let us know your suggestions!
More ways to eat it:
Check out our whole resource guide full of veggie fact sheets and recipes in English and Spanish!