Summer is on the horizon and that means many fruits and vegetable are in season. One yummy food to keep in mind is the zucchini, which can also be called a courgette. From bread to pizza, zucchinis can be prepared in a variety of ways. They also pack a nutritional punch. To learn more, check out these zany zucchini facts.
- Zucchinis are fruits because they flower in early stages of growth.
- The flower of the plant is also edible.
- The fruit is 95% water and has more potassium than a banana.
- Zucchinis grow best in temperate climates.
- The plant originated in Central and South America.
- Around 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus brought zucchinis to the Mediterranean.
- Italian immigrants brought the fruit to the United States in the 1920s.
- Obetz, Ohio hosts an annual zucchini festival every August.
- The world’s largest zucchini was 69.5 inches long and weighed 65 pounds.
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Written by Abigail Tomalewski, Marketing Assistant