Also called courgette, zucchini has its origin in America and is available on the market in yellow, light green or green colors. The shape of this small summer squash resembles that of a ridged cucumber and features numerous seeds. Some cultivators also produce zucchini in rounded or bottle shapes.
Today, the largest producers of this squash include Japan, China, Romania, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, and Argentina. Zucchini is grown year-round and can be eaten raw, sliced, or cooked form. It can also be shredded in a cold salad and is also sometimes cooked in hot salads.
Scientific (Botanical) Name is Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica
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Wash them thoroughly in cold, running water just before cooking. Sometimes the fruits may require light scrub at places where prickles or dirt attached firmly. Trim the neck and bases. Peeling of skin is not advised.
Zucchini blossoms are also an edible delicacy. In general, flowers are picked up during morning hours when they are fresh and soft. To prepare, open up blossoms and carefully inspect for insects. Pull off any calyces attached firmly at the base.