Vege profile: Courgette, zucchini. Zucchini? Courgette.
Zucchini is Italian, courgette is French. Both roughly translate to the same thing; small squash. Which is exactly what it is, an underdeveloped squash. We’re eating the bambino! Squash were domesticated over 7000 years ago in Mesoamerica, but the zucchini was bred in Milan in the late 19th century.
The term courgette is used in most British or French colonized countries, whereas Mediterranean territories and America use zucchini. History leans in favor of Zucchini in my eye, but the Brits got here first, so I guess either name is fine by me. Then again, the French did give us Ratatouille, so…
A zucchini by any other name, right?
Cucumbers contain a little bit of everything in small doses; Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. That’s quite the list, but the only nutrient of high value is Vitamin k at 16% of daily intake per serve. Cucumber consists of 95% water. If you’re struggling to get your 8 glasses of water a day, crunch your way to hydration.
Everything you never knew you needed to know about carrots
Carrots, the original way to get your night vision goggles. It’s not quite as simple as the old adage goes, but there are some mighty sweet benefits to adding carrots to your daily regime.
The carrot (Daucus carota) is a root vegetable often claimed to be the perfect health food. It is a good source of beta carotene, fibre, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants while containing little to no fat. They have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health (So no, your baby blues won’t be piercing the darkness, but if you’re suffering from low levels of Vitamin A you’ll likely see an improvement in your night vision) with reduced risk of cancer and age-related macular degeneration attributed. Carrots in their original forms were consumed for their medicinal properties by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. They even considered them to be an aphrodisiac. No idea what gave them that idea... All hail the humble carrot!