Welcome to this week’s Zucchini Spotlight!
Zucchini is part of the squash family. Squash seeds have been found preserved in Mexican caves for over 10,000 years. They’re believed to have originated in Mexico and then spread to North, Central, and South America. Native Americans referred to squashes as one of the “three sisters” alongside corn and beans. Squashes were then brought back to Europe by Columbus brought and Spanish explorers introduced them to many parts of the world.
Florida and California are the top squash-growing states in the U.S.
What’s great about zucchinis?
- 1 Cup of Zucchini is only 21 calories and includes 24% of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake
- Helps with weight loss by being low in calories but still making you feel full. It has high water content and is rich in fiber
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases with manganese and vitamin C
- Improves eye health with the presence of Vitamin A
- Can be used as a pasta substitute
Stop by Saturday to see our Zucchini recipe!