Other Names courgette, vegetable marrow, green marrow, long marrow, garden marrow, green summer squash
Zucchini squash is a long, green summer squash with tender, edible skin and flesh.
History and Folklore
Summer squash originated in Mexico by 5500 BC and was brought to Europe soon after the "discovery" of the "new world". Zucchini as we know it today was probably developed in Italy in the late 19th century.
Zucchini grow prolifically in any temperate climate. Seeds can be planted directly in the ground after danger of frost has passed. The fruit will begin to ripen in the summer. If you do not have enough pollinators nearby, you may need to manually pollinate the flowers using a q-tip.
Harvesting & Storage
Zucchini will continue flowering and fruiting as long as the weather is warm and as long as you keep picking the fruit or flowers. Zucchini is notorious for being prolific. The edible flowers can be cut just as they begin to open. The fruit should be harvested while still immature for best flavor and tenderness. Pick them at 6 to 8 inches long.
Zucchini resonates with earth energy and is feminine in nature.
Zucchini is super-prolific, use it in spells for increase and fertility.
Zucchini flowers may be stuffed and baked, dipped in tempura batter and deep-fried or made into fritters. They are also excellent for use as garnish.
Zucchini fruits are wonderful battered and fried, steamed, added to soups and pasta sauces.
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