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Zucchini properties

Zucchini properties

Mireia Cervera 04 July 2017

Do you know the healthy properties of the cabbage? Zucchini is an excellent vegetable, with many health benefits, that is worth always having in the kitchen. Find out in this post!

Historians are notagreement regarding the origin of the zucchini . It is not known for sure whether it comes from South Asia or Central America. But, in any case, it is a plant cultivated for many years in all the warm regions of the tierr. There is evidence that this vegetable was already consumed by the Egyptians and, later, by the Greeks and Romans. However, it was the Arabs who spread its cultivation throughout the Mediterranean regions, where it became a food for consumption.or usual in the Middle Ages. Currently Morocco, Italy and Spain are the main producing countries.

Zucchini belongs to the cucurbitaceae family, related to pumpkins. Its flowers are comedible and are an exquisite bite for contemporary haute cuisine. Its most characteristic color is dark and bright green, although there are other shades of medium green and even white.

Nutritional properties of zucchini

Zucchini is one of the vegetables with the lowest calorie content . Its main component is water, followed by carbohydrates and small amounts of fats and proteins, along with a moderate intake of fiber, convertingIt is an ideal food for people who want to lose weight.

The presence of folates, compounds that intervene in the formation of antibodies of the immune system, stand out. Its vitamin C content is also important; vitaminAntioxidant that delays aging and, in addition, favors the absorption of iron from food and increases resistance against infections.

In terms of minerals, zucchini is a good source of potassium, necessary forthe transmission and generation of the nerve impulse and for normal muscular activity. In addition, it has small amounts of magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

This vegetable also contains some substances called mucilages that area type of fiber that softens and deflates the mucous membranes of the digestive system.

In the market

They are available all year round in our markets, but their ideal season for consumption is from May to September. The best zucchini are the pesmall or medium, since the largest tend to have too many pips. Choose those that are firm to the touch, smooth and shiny skin and without external spots on the skin. It keeps up to two weeks in the refrigerator, but it is convenient to separate it fromfruits, to avoid the appearance of bitter flavors.

In the kitchen

Zucchini supports a large number of culinary preparations due to its sweet, fresh and delicate flavor. It isa vegetable that, if you like, can be eaten raw in various salads. However, in our culinary culture it is more common to cook it. It can be cooked boiled, sautéed, fried, roasted or stuffed, and is one of the main ingredients inpurees, creams, pistos and tortillas.

Zucchini has it all, in addition to being a delicious and flavorful dish, it has multiple health benefits. What are you waiting to include it on your shopping list?

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale