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Organic Zucchini - Green (medium)
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Organic Zucchini - Green (medium)


Zucchini (also known as courgettes) is a versatile vegetable that is fantastic whether, grilled, roasted, or added to stews or soups.

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Zucchini’s refreshingly light flavor is low in calories and delicious in recipes hot and cold. 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.

Zucchini is a cook's favourite because of its ability to add a little something to practically any dish. A staple of Italian cuisine, this vegetable is enjoyed worldwide. Not only is it amazing with savoury dishes but it is fantastic in sweets too. Shredded, this vegetable is a tasty ingredient in sweet loaves or muffins. Available year round but locally available between July and September.

TIP: Summer squashes are prized for their tender, succulent flesh and delicate, bright flavor. Zucchini don’t need to be peeled, so they’re quick and easy to cook — so versatile that it’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular vegetables. Zucchini are delicious raw, grilled, broiled, sautéed, steamed, roasted or fried.

Even zucchini’s pretty yellow-orange blossoms are highly sought after by chefs. Squash blossoms are very fragile and perish quickly. Use them immediately after picking, or on the day you purchase them. Female blossoms have a soft fleshy center and are preferred to male flowers, which are hairy and not as fruity in flavor. Female blossoms become the actual squash, whereas male blossoms grow on independent, fruitless stems.

Handling & Storage:

  • Select small or medium-size zucchini with bright, glossy skin. Avoid large specimens, which tend to have numerous seeds and drier, sometimes bitter flesh. The skin on summer squashes should be tender enough to pierce with a fingernail. Pass up zucchini that are limp, bruised, wrinkled or have soft spots.
  • Store your zucchini unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To use, trim off the stem and flowering ends (what chefs call “top & tail”), and discard.

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