Fun Facts About Zucchini
- Zucchinis contain 95% water; a small one contains about 25 calories. Substitute zucchini for a baked potato and save more than 100 calories.
- Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.
- Courgette is what the French and the British call zucchini.
- The flowers of the zucchini plant are edible. Fried squash blossoms are considered a delicacy.
- Purportedly, the world’s largest zucchini measured 69 inches long and weighed 65 pounds, although there is no photographic documentation.
- Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana.
- One pound of zucchini equals about 4 cups grated zucchini; 2 cups of salted and squeezed zucchini; about 1 cup mashed zucchini; and 3 cups chunked zucchini.
- Zucchini bread is one of the most popular ways to use zucchini.
- Bigger is not necessarily better. Small to medium sized zucchinis are the most flavorful and the darker the skin, the richer the nutrients.
- The town of Obetz, Ohio has an annual Zucchini Fest each year.
What’s Included in the Zucchini Lesson Plan
- Tips & recipes
- Nutritional information
- Presenter outline & talking points
- Sticker template
- PowerPoint presentation
- Student handouts
Can’t get enough fruits and veggies? Every month we feature a new fruit or veggie. Get fun facts, recipes, and more!