Zucchini is the most common variety of summer squash. It exists in several shapes and colors, but we see it most commonly as dark green, speckled with lighter green.
Summer squashes are members of the gourd family, which includes numerous varieties in addition to zucchini, such as pattypan, yellow crookneck, Gold Bar, Eight Ball and Tatuma. All are the immature fruits of Cucurbito pepo, a species that also includes melons, cucumbers and many other varieties of pumpkins and winter squash. Summer squashes are distinct from their winter cousins because their skins and seeds are tender and edible. Most summer squash varieties are similar in flavor and texture and can be used interchangeably in recipes.
A New World vegetable, summer squash sustained Native Americans for centuries and quickly became a mainstay of the early European colonists’ diet. The term "summer squash" is believed to derive from the Narragansett Indian word, askutasquash, which means “eaten uncooked.”
Easy-to-cultivate zucchini plants are both prolific and fast-growing. As anyone who has ever planted summer squash knows, they need to be harvested daily or they grow to enormous size, seemingly overnight! Florida and California lead the US in commercial zucchini production. Though quality zucchini is generally available year-round, it’s always at its best in summer.
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Earthbound Farm Organic Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of manganese and vitamin B6, which is important for the breakdown of protein, fats and carbohydrates in the foods we eat, and also in the production of antibodies to help keep our immune system strong.
Try eating zucchini with produce that contains iron, such as spinach or potatoes; zucchini’s vitamin C content will help the body absorb iron from plant-based sources.
Like other summer squashes, zucchini has a high water content; at only 22 calories per serving, it’s a great choice for people on a diet. In addition to zucchini’s anti-inflammatory properties (provided by vitamin C), it’s also a source of lutein, an antioxidant shown to promote eye health.
Zucchini’s refreshingly light flavor is low in calories and delicious in recipes hot and cold.