Zucchini, also called courgette in some parts of the world, is believed to have been first cultivated up to 10,000 years ago! Originally grown in parts of South America, at the time it was primarily grown for its beneficial seeds since the wild variety didn’t have much flesh and tasted very bitter. In fact, the ancient zucchini vegetable didn’t even have much resemblance to the kind that we see available in most supermarkets today.
A favorite among low-carb dieters and anyone who wants to lose weight fast, zucchini has a very low score on the glycemic index. Due to its high water percentage, zucchini is low in calories, carbs and sugars, but high in essential nutrients like potassium, manganese, and antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A. To add more filling volume to your meals with little extra calories, you can use zucchini in a variety of different cuisines and recipes: a healthy raw snack, dip, side dish or even vegetarian entree.