Zucchini or Ligurian courgette (Cucurbita pepo L.) is a species of the Cucurbitaceae family whose fruits are used immature.
It is an annual plant with a flexible creeping or climbing herbaceous stem. It was imported into Europe around 1500 after the discovery of America.
Zucchini have a very low caloric value and are made up of 95% water. They contain many vitamins A and C and carotenoids, which bring a consistent anti-tumor action. They are recognized as very useful for asthenia, urinary inflammation, kidney failure, dyspepsias, enteritis, dysentery, constipation, heart disease and diabetes. In addition to all that already listed, since ancient times they were used to promote sleep, relax the mind, and it was particularly suitable for those who felt exhausted.