What Kind of Plant is Zucchini?
Zucchini is a type of summer squash native to the Americas, but loved the world over.
Is Zucchini a Fruit or a Vegetable?
A member of the gourd family, zucchini is technically a fruit.
However, it is prepared most often as a vegetable.
Can You Eat Zucchini Flowers?
The blossoms of zucchini squash are both edible and nutritious, and make a tasty edition to fruit salads, soups, and more.
They should be picked the same day they are used.
Why is Zucchini Good For You?
Low in Calories
Zucchini is composed almost entirely of water—more than 95 percent—which means it is very low in calories.
High in Nutrients
Despite its modest calorie count, zucchini boasts a good amount of basic nutrients:
- vitamin C
Helps Support Vision
It's a great source of carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin), which are known to protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.