Some foods that start with the letter Z are zucchini, ziti, zest and zander. Zucchini is a fast growing summer squash with soft, edible skin. Zest is the grated outer peel of citrus fruits. Ziti is a tube-shaped pasta that is commonly served with light sauces or baked in casseroles. Zander is a white freshwater fish with large flakes.
Zucchini is easy to grow and economical. It varies in color from yellow tones to dark greens, and it can also have stripes or speckles. Zucchini is commonly eaten fresh, but it can also be canned or frozen. It should be harvested when the rind is soft and the seeds are underdeveloped. If harvesting is delayed, the rind toughens and the seeds harden.
Zest contains essential oils, and it adds intense flavor to dishes. It is used in sweet or savory dishes and as a garnish. Because of the bitter flavor, care should be taken not to use the white pith of the citrus peel when preparing food.
Ziti can be used in a main course, side dish or cold salad. It is often served with cheese-based sauces.
Zander is also known as European pike perch. Zander fillets are baked, fried or grilled.