These days we’re harvesting plenty of zucchini, and we’ve noticed our readers are, too! If you’ve got a garden full of these nutritious green veggies, you might as well get better acquainted with them. We’ve dug up the dirt, so to speak, on all things zucchini, and we’re here to share some fun facts we discovered along the way.
1. Think your zucchini are huge? How do they measure up to the worldís largest zucchini? It was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs. The proud of gardener was Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, in the U.K.
2. Bernard’s zucchini probably didn’t taste so great. That’s because it’s the small to medium-sized zucchini that pack the most flavor. If you’ve got a small-ish dark one, even better! Dark zucchini contain the most nutritional value.
3. Zucchini are 95% water. They’re a super low-cal snack at just 25 calories each.
4. The Italians brought zucchini to the United States in the 1920s.
5. If you really love zucchini, find a way to get to Obetz, Ohio from August 22 to 25. There’s a zucchini festival taking place, and it’s kind of a big deal.
6. The flower of the zucchini plant is edible.
7. Need more reasons to eat zucchini? Try this on for size: Zucchini is fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana. The nutrients found in zucchini can fight off cancer and heart disease. Enough said.