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If you want a veggie that’s extremely versatile, look no further than zucchini. Whether eaten raw or cooked, there’s so many ways to enjoy it and still get a solid amount of a few vitamins and minerals you need. Zucchini actually falls under the umbrella of summer squash, which are squashes that get harvested before their rinds harden — unlike, say, pumpkins and butternut squash. Here are some other fun facts about this veggie that may surprise you.

It’s ultra-low in calories.

Zucchini makes the perfect light side dish for a heavy meal: One cup of sliced zucchini has about 19 calories. That’s 40 to 50 percent lower than the same serving size for other low-cal green veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. And because it’s so versatile, you can enjoy this low-calorie food in so many different recipes, from baked fries to pesto roll-ups. Of course, you can always grill zucchini with herbs for some savory flavor, too.

You can eat the blossoms.

Even though zucchini is served as a vegetable, it’s technically a fruit because it comes from a flower: It grows from a golden blossom that blooms under the leaves. Grocery stores don’t always sell the blooms, but you …read more

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