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Zucchini season is between June and September. The word zucchini comes from Italian however the word we use, courgette, stems from French word for squash courge. Dark green courgettes are the most familiar variety, but look out for white or yellow courgettes to liven up dishes.
Courgettes are very easy to grow and during the summer months. People tend to become overrun with them but fortunately there are so many ways to eat courgettes you should never get bored. Fortunately, they are low in calories and high in vitamins A and C so they really are good for you.
When buying zucchini look for firm, shiny and unblemished fruits which feel heavier than they look when picked up. If they are spongy this means they are past their best, so should be avoided. Zucchini will keep happily in the fridge for two to three days, and more than this and they will start to lose their flavour and become bitter.
Zucchini are one of the few vegetables that doesn't require peeling before eating - just top and tail them then just a quick wash in cold water and they are ready to use. Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked, sliced thinly and dressed with a little salt and olive oil for a great addition to salads or you could try making zucchini spaghetti by spiralizing.
When cooking zucchini it is best to do so quickly. Grilling, barbecuing and frying are fast and easy ways to cook zucchini. Avoid boiling or steaming as the zucchini will soak up water and become mushy and unpleasant. The most popular way to cook zucchini is probably by frying or stir frying. Diced zucchini takes literally minutes to fry and it is a main component of the ratatouille.
Zucchini goes great with cheese, Parmesan, feta, ricotta and many more all go hand-in-hand with this summer vegetables. Zucchini can also be used to make fritters when grated up and mixed with flour and eggs. They are also often used in breads and cakes to add moisture because of their high water content.
Zucchini fritters with pancetta are great snack and can be easily prepare. The main ingredient are grated zucchini which gives texture and flavour to this fritters. In this recipe we added diced pancetta which we fried before adding to fritters. These fritters are ideal for your buffet or as a light meal during the summer days.
You will love these fried zucchini balls made with grated zucchini. They are ideal snack for your buffet served together with other finger food. These soft fried balls can be made quickly and are great hot as well as cold. These soft balls can be dipped in any sauce. We love to eat them with anchovies which is a great combo.
This pizza is made with potato dough and is ideal light snack throughout the day. It is top with sliced zucchini and pancetta which is ideal combination and pairs great. This pizza is so light because of the potato dough which is also crunchy on the edges. Sliced pancetta on the top adds some flavour to pizza. Instead of one large you can make several mini pizzas and serve for your party.
Zucchini can be prepared in a variety of ways and one of the most simplest is puree. In this recipe we combined potatoes and zucchini to get creamy and tasty puree ideal as a side dish. You should steam zucchini because they contains lots of water and this is better solution than cooking them.
If you're one who believes veggies should have nothing to do with dessert, these amazing muffins will prove you are wrong. You should definitely try this recipe and make delicious moist chocolate zucchini muffins. These muffins are also gluten-free as we used millet flour in this recipe.