7 ways to enjoy zucchini today i will tell you how cooking for one can sometimes be a challenge because I’m always looking for ways to incorporate my ingredients in different ways so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing all week. Case in point, vegetables. And the larger the vegetable, the longer it takes to eat it up.
What is a Zucchini
is a summer squash, a vining herbaceous plant whose fruit are harvested when their immature seeds and epicarp (rind) are still soft and edible. It is closely related, but not identical, to the marrow; its fruit may be called marrow when mature.Golden zucchini grown in the Netherlands for sale in a supermarket in Montpellier, France, in April 2013
Ordinary zucchini fruit are any shade of green, though the golden zucchini is a deep yellow or orange. At maturity, they can grow to nearly 1 metre (3 feet) in length, but they are normally harvested at about 15–25 cm (6–10 in).
In botany, the zucchini’s fruit is a pepo, a berry (the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower) with a hardened epicarp. In cookery, it is a vegetable, usually cooked and eaten as a savory dish or accompaniment.
Zucchini occasionally contain toxic cucurbitacins, making them extremely bitter, and causing severe gastero-enteric upsets. Causes include stressed growing conditions, and cross pollination with related species such as cucumbers and ornamental squashes.
7 ways to enjoy zucchini
Zucchini is in abundance right now, but thankfully there are a lot of different ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of my favorites:
– grilled. Cut into thick slices, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill until lightly charred. Enjoy as is or like this. Grill a few extra and toss with couscous or quinoa (for a quick meal later in the week).
– diced. Simply sauté up some zucchini and onions in a pan with a bit of olive oil, stir in some eggs and you have a quick meal in no time.
– raw. If have haven’t tried them raw, try this.
– with friends. in fritters.
– in place of pasta. cut zucchini into long, thin strips and sauté in a pan with some olive oil until softened. serve with tomato sauce and some really good Parmigiano-Reggiano grated over the top.
How do you like to eat zucchini?