Zucchini squash (courgette) is one of the most popular summer squashes in the Americas and Europe. It belongs within the Cucurbitaceae (cucurbita-pepo) family of vegetables. Almost all members of the squash family feature smooth skin, a tender, crunchy flesh with small edible seeds and high moisture content. Zucchini is an excellent source of potassium as well as vitamin A and C as well as moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins.

Selection and storage

Avoid overly mature, large zucchini with pitted skin, and those with flabby or spongy texture. Also, try to avoid those with soft and wrinkled ends as they indicate old stock and loss of moisture. Store your zucchini in plastic bags inside the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator set at adequate relative humidity. They can be stored for up to 2-3 days.

Preparation and serving methods

Wash your zucchini thoroughly in cold, running water just before cooking. Sometimes the fruits may require a light scrub to remove prickles or dirt. Trim the neck and bases. Peeling of skin is not advised.

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