Z is for zucchini. Zucchini are also known as courgette and are a delicious and nutritious powerhouse. They come in a range of different colours, shapes and sizes and are incredibly versatile with a subtle flavour that make a great addition to stews, pasta sauces, soups and even salads.
Soft and buttery when cooked, they are a brilliant first foods for little ones – introduced either as a puree or as finger foods.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Zucchini is actually a fruit (although in a culinary context it is regarded as a vegetable)
- The only fruit that starts with the letter Z, too!
- 1 average sized zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
- The name “zucchini” comes from “zucca” the Italian word for squash. Zucchini shares the same ancestors as pumpkins and squashes.
- A zucchini plant has a flower, which is edible too (and very delicious!)
WHY ARE ZUCCHINI SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- They are a great source of vitamin C which is important for skin and cell health as well as a powerful antioxidant.
2- Zucchini contain high levels of folate which makes it a great option for pregnant mums
3- They also contain a range of B vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc, which are important for overall health and wellbeing.
4- Low calorie and nutrient dense, it makes a great option for weight management. Zucchini contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.
5- Zucchini peel is an excellent source of dietary fibre which helps to combat constipation, promote gut health and maintain colon health.
Below we feature a fun zucchini food craft idea – for party Zucchini Cacti, as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe (coming soon….) They are fun ways to celebrate zucchini, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they are so good for us and important in our diets!