At Noodles, we love versatility with our ingredients. After all, our dishes are handmade to order. The more versatile the ingredients, the more opportunities our guests have to personalize their favorite dishes on our menu. Customization is our specialty! In the world of green food, nothing yells versatile like the zucchini. That said, it’s only fitting that we explore the origins of the zucchini and unveil the wonders behind this mysterious ingredient.
Lets address the elephant in the room. What exactly is a zucchini; fruit or vegetable? Technically speaking zucchini is a fruit although, it is commonly prepared as a vegetable. In the development phase, a zucchini forms from an overgrowth of the zucchini flower and therefore botanically classified as a berry. Zucchini originated from Central and South America however, the kind we eat today was developed in Italy during the 1800s which is why it is also referred to as Italian Squash. Visually, zucchini has the closest resemblance to the cucumber but don’t let appearance fool you. There are major variations in taste as well as consistency between the two.
Many nutritionist and dietitians refer to the zucchini as a vegetable likely because of its rich nutrient content and how they are typically prepared. According to World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease. One zucchini has only 25 calories and contain more potassium than bananas. Zucchini is almost always served cooked. Here at Noodles, we’ve come to truly appreciate the zucchini and the culinary adventures it has brought to us. Stay tuned to hear Noodles journey with our favorite spring time ingredient.
Dedication this week goes to the zucchini for nourishing and inspiring the inner chef within us all.