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zucchiniZucchini are a delicious sausage-shaped vegetable that grows on vines that spread along the ground. They have a dark green, thin skin which is edible and inside the flesh is creamy white with tiny seeds that can also be eaten. Although zucchini can grow very large indeed, mostly it is grown to around 20cm long before it is picked.
Although of Italian descent, Zucchini is one of Greece's most preferred ingredient, served either as a side-dish or a main course. Throughout Greece and especially on the islands, zucchini blossoms are also consumed, often filled with a variety of ingredients. The zucchini one buys at farmer's markets all over Greece are small and tender.
Some interesting facts:

  • Zucchini contains more potassium than bananas.

  • One zucchini has only 25 calories (in comparison, a baked potato has 130 calories).

  • Zucchini are low in sodium, contain no saturated fats, and are cholesterol-free.

  • They are rich in vitamin C and manganese.

  • Dietitians often include zucchini in their cholesterol control and weight loss programs.

  • The vitamins and nutrients found in zucchini can help prevent heart disease and cancer.

  • The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.

  • Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.
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