Zucchini is also known as Courgette in Europe.
Zucchini is a long, green cultivar of summer squash, shaped like a cucumber, with a smooth dark to medium green skin, and light yellow flecks. Although botanically classified as a fruit, zucchini is treated like a vegetable.
Zucchini is best harvested before it matures, at 6-8 inches (15-20cm). Avoid large overgrown zucchini.
When shopping: look for firm ones without any blemish on the skin. You can also buy the golden zucchini or the grey ones, which are usually available during summer. The green ones are available all year round but are best during summer.
How to Prepare Zucchini
To prepare zucchini, wash thoroughly and slice off both ends. Do not remove the skin because most of the vitamins are found on the skin. You can grate, dice, chop, slice lengthwise, or into rounds or spears, depending on the recipe you’re preparing.
Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw zucchini is either grated, julienned or diced and used in salads or cut lengthwise into spears and used in dips. Raw zucchini is quite bland so make sure you have a well seasoned salad dressing or a really nice and tasty dip to go with it.
Cooked zucchini can be sautéed, shallow or deep fried, stir-fried, steamed, boiled, cooked with other ingredients or baked. The easiest way is to sauté zucchini in a pan with onions and butter or olive oil and use as a side dish
Sautéed Zucchini and Bell Pepper
Make sure you do not overcook zucchini. It should always have a nice crunch. Go to recipe.
Savoury Zucchini Green Onions and Cheese Bread
Make a zucchini bread with green onions and cheese. Very tasty. Got to recipe.
Chocolate Zucchini Apple Bread
I never knew chocolate and zucchini were a great combination, until I tried it. Trust me, you’ll like it!!! Go to Recipe.
Pasta with Zucchini in Creamy Tomato Sauce
Shallow fried zucchini in white wine tomato sauce with cream. Go to recipe.
Pearl Barley and Grilled Zucchini Salad
Grilling: slice zucchini lengthwise or as required in your recipe. Brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill 3-5 minutes on a grill pan or barbecue. Use the grilled zucchini to make your favourite salad, or as a topping on a burger. Go to recipe.
Zucchini Coconut Bread
Grate zucchini and o use to make your favourite zucchini bread or muffins. Go to recipe.
Tomato and Zucchini topped macaroni and cheese recipe
Cook the macaroni and cheese and top with slices of tomatoes and zucchini topped with cheese. Go to the recipe.
Cook zucchini with pasta. you can grate, dice or slice zucchini and cook with pasta and cream, or pasta and tomatoes, or
Cream of Zucchini Soup
Make a Cream of Zucchini soup: here a recipe on how to make a lovely cream of zucchini soup. Go to recipe.
Chilled Zucchini soup: steam or boil zucchini. Add some fresh herbs like mint or thyme and blend until smooth. Add some hot milk, or half and half or yoghurt. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for 1-2 hours.
Zucchini Lemon and Feta Pizza
Make a pizza: thinly slice the zucchini and use as a topping on your favourite pizza. Go to recipe.
Creamy Sour Cream Chicken with Mushroom and Zcchini Recipe
Zucchini, chicken and sour cream make a perfect combination. Go to recipe.
Bake in the oven
Baking in the oven: you can also cut zucchini into rounds or lengthwise, brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese in the last 5 minutes of cooking.