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The Importance of Zucchini extra in the Kitchen

Zucchini extra is a vegetable from the cucurbitaceae family, characterized by its elongated shape and dark or light green skin, depending on the variety. It has a white and juicy flesh, with a mild and sweet flavor. It is a widely consumed vegetable in all Mediterranean countries and given its versatility in the kitchen, it is not uncommon to find many recipes where it is used as an ingredient.

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Versatility of Zucchini in the Kitchen

Zucchini, also, is a very versatile vegetable in the kitchen. It has a smooth and creamy texture and a delicate flavor that makes it ideal for preparing savory and sweet dishes. It can be cooked in various ways, such as grilled, sautéed, boiled, roasted, or raw, and it is a common ingredient in salads, stews, soups, purees, pastas, tortillas, and more. One of the most popular recipes with zucchini is the famous "pisto," a Provençal stew that combines zucchini with other vegetables such as eggplants, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. It is also common to use zucchini in pasta dishes, such as the classic "pasta alla Norma," where it is mixed with eggplants and tomatoes. Zucchini lends itself to experimenting with different combinations of flavors and textures in the kitchen, as it can be accompanied by a wide variety of herbs, spices, cheeses, meats, and seafood.

History and Origins of Zucchini

Zucchini originates from Central America and Mexico and was one of the main crops of the pre-Columbian culture. It was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, and since then, it has spread worldwide. Initially, zucchini was primarily used for its seeds, which were used as food and for medicinal purposes. Over time, the nutritional and culinary properties of the plant were appreciated, and both the fruit and the flower began to be consumed.

Health Benefits of Zucchini

Zucchini is a highly nutritious and healthy vegetable, as it is rich in vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid. Additionally, it is low in calories and rich in fiber, making it ideal for a balanced diet. Zucchini is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

Agriculture and Botany of Zucchini

Zucchini belongs to the cucurbit family, along with cucumber and watermelon. There are several varieties of zucchini, including round, elongated, and yellow. Zucchini is an annual plant that is cultivated in warm and temperate climates and can be planted in spring and summer. It requires well-drained soil rich in nutrients and must be watered periodically to prevent dehydration of the plant.

Baked Zucchini with Parmesan Cheese Recipe

Baked zucchini with parmesan cheese, ideal for a starter, a side dish, or a light dinner. They are very tasty and crunchy. Ingredients for 4 people: 2 medium zucchinis 100 g grated parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste Extra virgin olive oil Preparation: Preheat the oven to 220ºC and cover a tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Wash the zucchinis and cut them into thin slices. Place them on the tray in a single layer and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over each zucchini slice, covering them well. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and crispy. Serve the baked zucchini with parmesan cheese hot or warm, accompanied by a green salad if desired.

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