farmers market  9-10 015This is prime time for harvesting zucchinis, the slender green-skinned vegetable that everyone loves to grow. Kenny loves to grow the golden zucchini even more.  But after a few weeks of a prolific harvest, this garden staple soon wears out its welcome.  Here are a few interesting fact about this wonderful veggie that might keep you wanting more.

~ One zucchini has just 25 calories (compared to a baked potato, for example, which has 130 calories).

~ Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana.

~ The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.

~ Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.

~ Zucchini bread is one of the most popular ways to use zucchini.

If you are a follower of our website you already know I post lots of zucchini recipes. I have researched and tried tons of recipes myself.  I even have a little cookbook I created a few years ago for our WIC mothers.

Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable with a mild flavor that is easily changed by incorporating different herbs, spices and even fruits.  I will continue to post recipes using the amazing veggie; I’ll even tell you how to make applesauce for your little one and make crushed pineapple.

Does anyone remember the event in this picture?  The “Zucchini Derby – 2010”, what a fun day all the kids had making race cars out of them.

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