Zucchini and summer squash provide nutritious value to your diet. Zucchini and summer squash provides vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese. Health benefits of zucchini are improvement in digestion, lowers blood sugar level, improves thyroid and adrenal functions, and boosts energy.
Zucchini and summer squash that are ready to harvest are 6-8 inches long and are firm and dark green or yellow. Harvesting zucchini and summer squash, you can use a knife, scissors, or pruners. With the tool you cut about 1" to 2" from the body of the fruit. If you don’t have a knife or scissors you can use your hands. Grab the zucchini or summer squash fruit and twist it. Pulling the zucchini or summer squash may cause damage to the zucchini or summer squash and the plant.
The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs. Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK, was a farmer who grew the vegetable.
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