Food Guide


Buying Tips

Zucchini are available all year long, but are at their peak during late spring. Select smaller zucchini, from 2 to 8 inches (5–20cm) in length, with smooth, unblemished skins. Very large zucchini can be tough and bitter.


Zucchini is a variety of summer squash. The individual squash range in size from 2 inches (5 cm) to 2 feet (61cm) long. Baby zucchini is also available.

Preparation, Uses, & Tips

Wash zucchini just before using. The thin skins don’t need to be removed. Slice zucchini lengthwise and roast with sliced onions, add to soups or crudités, or stew with tomatoes, garlic, and basil.


Zucchini are perishable and should be used promptly, but they can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Nutrition Highlights

Zucchini (raw), 1 cup (sliced with skin) (113g)

  • Calories: 18
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 4g
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 1g

*Excellent Source of: Vitamin C (19.21mg)

*Good Source of: Manganese (0.20mg) and Vitamin B6 (0.25mg)

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The information presented in the Food Guide is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2020.