Like pool parties and backyard barbecues, freshly grown zucchini makes its appearance during the warm summer months. These green-skinned summer squashes have a history dating back to at least 5500 B.C. when they were an important part of Mexico’s and South America’s diets.
Zucchini, a member of cucurbita family along with pumpkins, cucumbers and gourds, has a dark green edible skin. Although average zucchini measure roughly six inches in length, they can grow to several feet when left on the vine in the right conditions.
A medium zucchini yields roughly one cup of sliced vegetable. A larger zucchini with a two-cup yield contains roughly 52 calories.
Zucchini, filled with vitamins and nutrients, are a good source of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium.
How you prepare and cook a large zucchini will affect its calorie content. When you boil a large zucchini, the calorie content rises to 72 calories. Stuffing, deep-frying or sauteeing in butter or oil will also increase the final calorie count.
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After attending Fairfield University, Hannah Wickford spent more than 15 years in market research and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry. In 2003 she decided to shift careers and now maintains three successful food-related blogs and writes online articles, website copy and newsletters for multiple clients.
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