Celebrate Green: 8 Delicious Ways on National Zucchini Day


Zucchini, the summer squash!

Believe it or not, today is celebrated as ‘Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night’., or more aptly the National Zucchini Day! With zucchini being abundant in the summer months, this is a perfect way to get rid of excess zucchini growing in your vegetable gardens.

Technically a fruit, zucchini is however often prepared more like vegetables. Nevertheless, this emerald green squash comes from Italy. In fact, the name zucchini comes from  the word “zucchino,” which means “small squash” in Italian. It’s also called courgettes in some parts of the world. It grows very profusely during the summer months, and can grow up to 3-4 feet, left on it’s own. Interestingly, the largest zucchini on record was 69.5 inches long and weighed 65 pounds! However, choosing medium to smaller varieties of zucchini are best for cooking and taste.

Zucchini not only provides interesting texture and taste to many dishes, it’s also very healthy. A low calorie food, it’s rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, high fiber and water. It’s a digestive aid, helps in weight and cholesterol reduction and even helpful in preventing certain cancers.

8 Delightful Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini is extremely versatile and can be prepared in a number of ways from salads, to entrees and even in desserts. Try some of these recipes below:

  1. Zucchini Salad Recipes
  2. Zucchini Pasta Recipes
  3. Stuffed Zucchini Recipes
  4. Grilled Zucchini Recipes
  5. Zucchini Bread Recipes
  6. Zucchini Cupcakes Recipes
  7. Zucchini Flower and Blossom Recipes
  8. Zucchini Parmesan Recipes

So celebrate today, whip up one of the summer squash dishes and throw a block party. Find more zucchini recipes on Recipebridge.

Posted by RecipeBridge Staff Writer August 8th 2012
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