It's a Fruit! It's a Vegetable! It's the Ultimate Zucchini Quiz!

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4 Min Quiz

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Get to know a few fun facts about this versatile food's globe-trotting history.

Is zucchini a fruit or a vegetable?

It can be considered both a fruit and a vegetable. Botanically, the zucchini is the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower, so it's a fruit. But culinarily, it's used as a vegetable because it has a savory taste.

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What part of the world is zucchini native to?

Zucchini and other types of squash were first cultivated in Central America, and their popularity quickly spread to North and South America. Zucchini is considered a summer squash.

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The word English word "squash" comes from the Native American word "askutasquash," which means what?

The word comes from the language of the Narragansett tribe of Native Americans, who apparently liked to consume the veggie raw.

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Along with squash, which of these two foods make up the "three sisters" of Native American food?

Squash, beans and corn are the traditional pillars of the Native American diet.

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In which country have 10,000-year-old zucchini seeds been found in caves?

Archaeologists have discovered zucchini seeds in ancient Mexican caves.

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Zucchini means "little squash" in what language?

New World explorers brought zucchini back to Europe, and it really took off in Italy. The word "zucchini" is derived from the Italian word "zucca," or squash.

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Which explorer is credited with popularizing zucchini in the Old World?

Many explorers came home with zucchini, but Columbus apparently took the seeds on several voyages, distributing them around the Mediterranean.

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What is the French term for zucchini?

"Courgette" is a common name for zucchini in France, Great Britain and New Zealand.

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About how many calories does the average zucchini contain?

A medium zucchini has about 25 calories.

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What color is the flower of zucchini?

Zucchini flowers are bright yellow-orange in color.

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True or false: The flowers of zucchinis are edible.

Zucchini flowers can be eaten raw or cooked -- just check the insides for bugs and wash them thoroughly first!

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The zucchini is a relative of the cucumber and which fruit?

The cucumber is an obvious cousin, but melons and pumpkins are also members of the zucchini's cucurbitacae family.

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The average zucchini contains more of which nutrient than a banana?

One medium zucchini packs more potassium than a banana of the same size.

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Zucchini is also a great source of _____.

One zucchini contains 20 percent of your recommended daily allowance of manganese, a mineral that helps regulate your blood sugar, among other things.

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True or false: Zucchini is high in antioxidants.

Zucchini is an important source of carotenoids, a group of antioxidants that includes alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein.

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Zucchini retains much of its nutrients if you _____ it.

Steaming is an excellent way to cook zucchini to maximize its health benefits.

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Dried zucchini seeds are used in some parts of the world to treat which ailment?

In some cultures, summer squash -- which includes zucchini -- is prized for its antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties, and the dried seeds are used to treat tapeworms.

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In which U.S. state will you find an annual zucchini festival?

The Ohio town of Obetz has been celebrating Zucchinifest annually since 1986.

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True or false: The bigger the zucchini, the better it tastes.

In this case, bigger isn't better. Smaller zucchinis have thinner skins and taste sweeter than larger ones.

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How much does the world's heaviest zucchini weigh?

As of 1990, Bernard Lavery of Wales holds the Guinness Book of World Records for growing the heaviest zucchini -- a whopping 64.5 pounds!

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