Healthy zucchini: however, as it grows, it loses its aroma

Healthy zucchini: however, as it grows, it loses its aroma

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With increasing size: aroma loss in zucchini
Delicious zucchini have always been part of healthy Mediterranean cuisine. In this country, too, the vegetables with the mild nut aroma have prevailed. In late summer there are locally grown zucchini. When buying, you should make sure, among other things, that the fruits are not too big.

Healthy and low in calories
There are enough good reasons why we should eat more zucchini: The fruits are ideal for light cuisine because they contain hardly any fat and just 20 calories per 100 grams due to the high water content. But they are rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A and C, as reported by the consumer information service aid.

Aroma loss with increasing size
Since the zucchini has no distinctive flavor, it can be combined with other vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants or peppers. If you buy zucchini, it is best to choose small fruits with smooth skin. It should not give in when pressure is applied. Important to know: The aroma gets lost with increasing size. That is why they are mostly harvested semi-ripe with a length of 10 to 40 cm when the skin is still tender and soft.

Long shelf life in the fridge
The zucchini is kept in the vegetable compartment of the fridge for up to two weeks. The vegetables taste raw in a salad, cooked, fried or grilled. A special delicacy are the yellow zucchini flowers, which are good for frying and filling. Delicious recipes, for example for filled zucchini flowers, can be found on the Internet.

Bitter fruits must not be eaten
If the fruit tastes unusually bitter, it must not be eaten, warns the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). Depending on the variety and growing conditions, the plant forms bitter substances that can affect health in higher concentrations. The death of a man killed by poisonous zucchini from the garden had been reported last year. (ad)

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Video: Zucchini Frittata Recipe - Laura Vitale - Laura in the Kitchen Episode 279 (May 2022).


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