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Zucchini , A Powerhouse Of Nutrition

Updated on April 11, 2013
Zucchini is the most common squash grown in America. Here we will explain how to grow it and how to cook it. Quite possibly in some ways you never thought of.
Zucchini is the most common squash grown in America. Here we will explain how to grow it and how to cook it. Quite possibly in some ways you never thought of.

Zucchinni Is A Powerhouse Of Nutrition

I bet you didn't know that the Zucchini Squash dates back to 7000 B.C. and it is native to Central and South America. Can you say wow! Quite often zucchini is called Italian Squash. The zucchini was first introduced to Europe by the early explorers of the new world and it at first became very popular in Italy where it became known as Italian Squash. And not only do people eat and enjoy the zucchini squash but many people have discovered that you can batter and deep fry the zucchini blossoms. And they taste wonderful. Just batter them and carefully fry them so they still look like blossoms when you get through. Arrange the deep fried zucchini blossoms around a platter and put deep fried zucchini sticks in the center around a small container of ranch dressing.

One of the best things about zucchini squash though is the fact that they are just simply packed with nutrients. Some of the nutrients found in zucchini squash have been shown to prevent diabetic heart disease and the magnesium found in the zucchini squash has been found to prevent heart disease and stroke. So not only does zucchini squash taste wonderful its also good for you. The nutrients found in zucchini squash include vitamin c, magnesium, iron, folate, copper, calcium, potassium, vitamin a and others. Zucchini is one of the most nutritious vegetables grown in the garden.

You can grow zucchini squash by planting the seeds directly into the ground or by transplanting young zucchini plants into the ground. You can usually buy young zucchini plants at your local farm and garden center in the spring or summer. Or you can plant zucchini seeds in your garden after the soil temperature reaches and stays around 60 degrees. Plant your zucchini seeds in holes about 1 inch deep and after the plant is up well go back and rake the dirt up well to each side of the plant with your hands making little mounds. You can use compost on your squash plants but it needs to be mixed 50/50 with dirt and it needs to be old compost so it will not burn your plants up. Zucchini will grow best with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. And the zucchini plants must have plenty of water. Feed the plants with a high potassium organic plant food and they will provide you with plenty of delicious zucchini squash.

For the best of flavor and tender easy to work with zucchini its best to pick your zucchini squash when they are six inches or less. I like to pick some at about 2-3 inches for making my zucchini sticks from. The larger squash can be ground up in your food processor and you can make delicious zucchini squash patties from them.

Deep fried zucchini sticks are so delicious with ranch dressing.
Deep fried zucchini sticks are so delicious with ranch dressing.

Easy Zucchini Patties

I just simply love these delicious and easy zucchini patties and I bet you and your family will to. You will want to use your food processor to puree your zucchini and onions for these patties. For your recipe you will need.

1. 2 Cups Fine Grated Peeled Zucchini.

2. 1/4 Cup Fine Grated Purple Sweet Onion.

3. 2 Large Eggs Well Beaten.

4. 1/2 Cup Self Rising Flour.

5. 1/2 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese.

6. 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

7. 1 Teaspoon Fine Grated Sea Salt.

8. 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper.

9. 1/2 Teaspoon Fine Ground Cayenne Pepper.

Mix all your ingredients up well in a large bowl being sure to mix your ingredients together well. Once you have your ingredients well mixed you want to heat margarine in a large skillet and drop big spoon fulls of the mixture into the skillet. Use the back of the spoon to mash your just dropped patties out flat.

Cook on one side until they are brown and then flip them over with your spatula. When they are brown on that side you want to drain the patties on paper towels and serve at once with ranch dressing for a tasty treat.

There are of course all kinds of other things you can do with your zucchini squash. Make zucchini squash patties, zucchini squash sticks, zucchini casseroles, zucchini bread and a lot more things. There really are a lot of wonderful things you can do with zucchini squash so why don't you get busy growing some zucchini squash now.

If you have zucchini comments, questions, or suggestions please post them below now and share with us all. Thanks for reading my hub page on zucchini.

Post your comments, or questions about Zucchini Squash now. And thanks for reading.

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks. I just stir fried some. They are tasty.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I just slice them down the middle then cut the halves into slices, put in a microwave dish with a little water and butter, 2 potatoes quartered and bake for 10-15 minutes.

      voting you up-useful-interesting

    • GiftedGrandma profile image

      GiftedGrandma 

      7 years ago from USA

      zucchini is a favorite in our household for decades!

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Great comments. They are appreciated very much. And I love the ideals you have about zucchini.

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      SJerZGirl 

      7 years ago

      I love fried zucchini - dipped in egg and then into bread crumbs after being sliced into coins. If you have a large zuke, you can also make zucchini parmesan much like you'd make lasagna (yes, just like with eggplant). I also like it in marinara sauce and moussaka.

    • Teddletonmr profile image

      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Zucchini bread with walnuts is great, we also enjoy zucchini pickles around our house.

      Thanks for these great ideas on what to use the zucchini we grow in our backyard vegetable garden.

      The easy zucchini patties sound like a good thing to try, will frozen zucchini from last summer work?

      Thanks for the useful ideas, hub up and useful.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the comment. And yes I love zucchini bread with walnuts.

    • gr82bme profile image

      gr82bme 

      7 years ago from USA

      Its funny I saw this today. I just bought walnuts to make Zucchini bread

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