We have covered the history of zucchini in previous posts, so today we bring you a more practical tip. How to tell when zucchini goes bad? Keep reading to discover the answer.
What Is Zucchini?
Zucchini is a summer squash whose fruit is usually cooked as a vegetable.
Yes, you read that correctly. Although it may look like a vegetable, the zucchini is technically a fruit because it contains seeds and grows and develops from the flower of the plant.
By the way, zucchini flowers are not only edible but delicious as well!
How to Tell if Zucchini Goes Bad?
When zucchini goes bad, the exterior looks dull. Conversely, a shiny exterior is one of the easier ways to identify a fresh zucchini.
Avoid zucchinis with shriveled skin, cuts, or rotten areas. These signs indicate that the zucchini has exceeded its shelf life and is no longer suitable for consumption. However, if the wilted area is small, you can try to cut it and eat the rest of the zucchini.
To keep your zucchinis fresh for longer, store them dry tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.
An important tip: Don’t wash your zucchini unless you are about to cook them. Washing any vegetable may create an environment that promotes the growth of bacteria.
How to Freeze Zucchini
To freeze your zucchinis, slice them into ½ inch rounds and blanch them.
Blanching your sliced zucchinis means cooking them in unsalted water for one minute and then dropping them into ice water. Once they cool down, you can place them in the freezer inside a zip-topped bag.
Once frozen, zucchini stays good for about three months, giving you more than enough time to find the perfect recipe to delight your friends or family.
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