Local Zucchini: Fun Facts & One of Our Favorite Recipes

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Zucchini Facts:
Blossoms of a Zucchini are Edible
Technically Classified as a Fruit
The Only Fruit that Starts with “Z”
Has More Potassium than a Banana
Small to Medium Zucchini are the Most Flavorful
One Medium Size Zucchini Only has 25 Calories
The Darker the Zucchini the More Nutritious it has
Annual Plant-Finishes Life Cycle in One Year and Does Not Regrow the Next Year

Zucchini Fritters Recipe
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cloves garlic, grated
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup grated parmesan
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup sliced scallions (green and white parts)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sour cream or greek yogurt, for serving

1. Place shredded zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Allow to drain for 10 minutes then squeeze out as much liquid as possible with your hands. This will prevent the fritters from getting soggy while cooking.
2. Put drained zucchini into a large bowl then add the carrots, garlic, flour, eggs, scallions, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture until combined.
3. Line a plate or tray with paper towels. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Scoop mounds of the vegetable mixture into the pan, flattening the slightly and spacing them evenly into the pan. Proceed in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
4. Cook the fritters for 2 to 3 minutes then flip on the other side and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes more, until they’re golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, season with salt and repeat the process with the remaining mixture.
5. Serve the fritters immediately topped with sour cream or greek yogurt. Enjoy!

Recipe from Eat Well 101

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