August 31, 2010
The magic zucchini! Zucchini can be used in a variety of ways in the raw food world. Zucchini can be used in dehydrated breads and crackers to make them more durable and pliable. Zucchini can be used in exchange for chickpeas to create a tasty raw hummus. Zucchini is used in raw burgers, salads, pasta, casseroles, and more.
The zucchini, also known as a courgette, has many health benefits! Like most raw fruits and vegetables, zucchini’s have a very high water content, which leaves the body more hydrated than eating cooked zucchini. The high level of Vitamin C in zucchinis help to prevent bruising and diseases like scurvy, which are brought on by a Vitamin C deficiency. The high Vitamin C content also helps to cure asthma and promote eye health. Zucchini’s are beautiful for people on a diet or looking to loose weight because they have a very low calorie count and are full of water. Zucchini’s are also known to help protect against colon cancer and multiple sclerosis. Finally, Zucchini contains good amounts of folate, potassium, lutien, and vitamin A, all of which promote good health.
One other quick note is that a zucchini is actually the fruit of the squash blossom and not a vegetable. Typically we think of zucchini as a vegetable because it is cooked and served in savory dishes. If you are really interested…… zucchini is an immature fruit, the swollen ovary of a female zucchini flower! How’s that for zucchini knowledge!
Love and Light and Zucchini!