Zucchini season is between June and September but you can find it in the food stored throughout the year. Dark green zucchini are the most familiar variety, but look out for white or yellow zucchini to liven up dishes. Zucchini are very easy to grow during the summer months.
People tend to become overrun with them but fortunately there are so many ways to eat zucchini you should never get bored. Fortunately, they are low in calories, and high in vitamins A and C so they really are good for you.
When buying zucchini look for firm, shiny and unblemished fruits which feel heavier than they look when picked up. If they are spongy this means they are past their best, so should be avoided. Zucchini will keep happily in the fridge for two to three days, and more than this and they will start to lose their flavour and become bitter.
Zucchini are one of the few vegetables that doesn't require peeling before eating - just top and tail them then just a quick wash in cold water and they are ready to use. Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked, sliced thinly and dressed with a little salt and olive oil for a great addition to salads or you could try making zucchini spaghetti by spiralizing.
When cooking zucchini it is best to do so quickly. Grilling, barbecuing and frying are fast and easy ways to cook zucchini. Avoid boiling as the zucchini will soak up water and become mushy and unpleasant. The most popular way to cook zucchini is probably by frying or stir frying. Diced zucchini takes literally minutes to fry and it is a main component of the ratatouille.
Zucchini goes great with cheese, Parmesan, feta, ricotta and many more all go hand-in-hand with this summer vegetables. Zucchini can also be used to make fritters when grated up and mixed with flour and eggs. They are also often used in breads, cakes and muffins to add moisture because of their high water content.
One of the most popular ways to prepare zucchini are fritters. These are made by shredding zucchini and mixing with other vegetables and cheeses that melts. We have interesting recipes for zucchini fritters with pancetta and sweetcorn baked zucchini fritters.
For simple fried fritters why not to try our quick fried zucchini balls. Zucchini are great also for making desserts and they make cakes and muffins super moist. Zucchini is also great as a topping on pizza. Check out our pizza made with potato crust and topped with zucchini and bacon or our summer flatbread pizza.
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