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Zucchini Lesson Plan

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

  • History
  • Tips & recipes
  • Nutritional information
  • Presenter outline & talking points
  • Sticker template
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Student handouts

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