Zucchini squash, or courgette, are summer squashes. They can be dark or light green. Botanically they are treated as vegetables, but they are fruits. Zucchini squah can be harvested when young, or later once it has grown to 6-8" long. Immature squashes have better flavor, with a spongy yet firm texture. Zucchini are a low energy food, being 94 percent water, and are a source of vitamin A, vitamin C and iron.

Zucchinis have a mild flavor which makes them ideal in both sweet and savory recipes. They can be grated, steamed, sauteed, battered, fried, baked, julienned for pasta, eaten raw etc. Zucchini will keep for 1-2 weeks if kept dry and refrigerated.