Did you know that zucchinis are usually harvested when still immature at about 15 to 25 cm? Did you also know that they can grow to reach nearly 1m?
These mean that you're most likely going to find many zucchinis that look perfect because they are big. However, bigger doesn't always mean better!
Here, we have outlined a few tips that will help you choose wisely, whether at a grocery store or a farmer's market.
1. Color is Important
You're bound to find zucchinis of different colors when you make a trip to the store, especially now that they are in season. They can be white, green, or yellow, but no color is better than another. All that matters is that the color is of a vibrant and rich quality!
2. Size Still Matters
Unlike what you may think at first glance, large zucchinis are not the best choice. They tend to be watery and flavorless, with pulpy insides and large seeds.
Look out for smaller sizes because they are more flavorful. The standard zucchini should be no bigger than a regular-sized flashlight.
3. Watch Out for Stems!
Last but not least, check the zucchinis for stems. A zucchini that still has a good chunk of the stem attached will last longer.
Tips on How Best to Store Zucchinis
Since you're most likely going to buy a lot of zucchinis, here's how to keep them fresher for longer:
- The proper way to store a zucchini is to wrap it in a paper bag and then place it in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.
- Always avoid plastic bags when storing zucchinis; these trap moisture, and the zucchini may start to soften and get slimy.
- When stored correctly in the refrigerator, a zucchini can last for up to one week.
- If you buy a lot of zucchinis, freeze them!
What are your favorite zucchini recipes?