National Zucchini Day

National Zucchini Day
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 3:33pm

(CNN) -- Go green - August 8 is National Zucchini Day!

Though technically a fruit, zucchini are prepared like vegetables. The emerald green squash, if left to its own devices, can grow up to 3 feet long. In fact, the longest zucchini ever grown was 6 feet 4 inches long!

Courgettes, as zucchini is known in some parts of the world, are a good source of dietary fiber nutrients. They can be prepared in a variety of ways. If you're tired of the simple squash sauté, try making zucchini boats. Split the zucchini in half lengthways, and scoop out some of the flesh. Fill the hollowed out shell with whatever you'd like: Sausage, goat cheese and peppers are a popular combination. You can even incorporate the scooped out zucchini into your mixture. Top the boats off with breadcrumbs and bake in the oven until golden brown.

Some other fun preparations for zucchini: Bake zucchini bread, or cut it into thin ribbons and make zucchini pasta. You can also pickle zucchini slices then dredge and fry them.

Zucchini really is a versatile ingredient. The same holds true for the zucchini flower, or blossom. They can be stuffed and fried and add a crunchy element to any dish. And yes, they're completely edible.

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