Low in Calories & Loaded with Anti-Inflammatory Properties
At Love Yourself we use lots of courgettes. We thought we would explain why. Less than thirty years ago, the Courgette, often referred to as a green Italian squash, was hardly recognised. Today, it is not only well known but is a particular favourite of home gardeners. Notwithstanding its prolific growing nature, its popularity is because of its versatility as a vegetable as well as being regularly now used in breads, as pasta and noodle substitutes and also in desserts.
Zucchini, Cucurbita pepo, is a member of the cucumber and melon family. Inhabitants of Central and South America have been eating zucchini for several thousand years, but the Courgette we know today is a variety of summer squash developed in Italy.
The word zucchini comes from the Italian zucchino, meaning a small squash. The term squash comes from the Indian skutasquash meaning "green thing eaten green." Christopher Columbus originally brought these seeds to the Mediterranean region and Africa.
The French snubbed Courgette’s for a long time until chefs learned to choose the smaller fruits which are less bland and watery.
One medium courgette has;
- 33 calories
- 0 fat
- 2 grams fiber
- 2 grams protein
- 5 grams carbs
- 3 grams sugar
- 3 milligrams vitamin C (56 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin B6 (21 percent DV)
- 3 milligrams manganese (17 percent DV)
- 3 milligrams riboflavin (16 percent DV)
- 514 milligrams potassium (15 percent DV)
- 57 milligrams folate (14 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin K (11 percent DV)
Courgette is a high source of antioxidants and vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory properties that can improve heart & eye health, control diabetes, aid digestion and is a high source of potassium, that’s pretty impressive for something with such few calories.