Food Focus: Zucchini
Zucchini squash or courgette is the most popular summer squashes in Americas and Europe. Like gourds, it belongs within the Cucurbitaceous (cucurbita-pepo) family.
Summer squashes are believed to be originating in the Central America and Mexico. Several different cultivars of summer squash are grown throughout the United States during the warm, frost-free season. Almost all the members of the squash family vegetables feature smooth, tender skin, and flesh with small edible seeds and high moisture content.
Recipe of the Month: ZUCCHINI BROWNIES
• Zucchini is one of the very low calorie vegetables; good for cholesterol.
• Zucchinis have anti-oxidant value.
• Furthermore, zucchinis, especially golden skin varieties, are rich in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants.
• It is a very good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte.
• Fresh pods, indeed, are good source of anti-oxidant vitamin-C.
• They contain moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals
like iron, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.