Zucchini, Europe squash , extra-large, single piece

Category: fresh vegetables, green, Holland

  • The Zucchini squash has a uniformly cylindrical shape with little to no taper from its stem to blossom end. It can be harvested when it is at its baby stage or when more mature at up to six to eight inches long. Many growers and chefs note that Zucchini will be at its peak flavor and texture when five to six inches in length. The exterior glossy skin of the Zucchini is vibrant to dark green in color and delicate enough to consume. Summer squash such as Zucchini are harvested when immature for best flavor, as a result their skin is delicate and prone to easily bruising and scratching. Its flesh is creamy white in color with a spongy yet firm texture and faint traces of edible seeds. It offers a sweet summer squash flavor with nuances of black peppercorn and nutty undertones. In addition to the fruit of the Zucchini plant the flower blossoms of Zucchini are also edible and offer a mild, squash like flavor. Zucchini is a classic summer squash and botanically a member of Cucurbita pepo. Today it is easily the most popularly grown and consumed of all summer squashes. There are numerous Zucchini varieties on the market today with independent names and characteristics.

  • In Greece, zucchini is usually fried or stewed with other fruits (often green chili peppers and eggplants). It is served as an hors d'?uvre or as a main dish, especially during fasting seasons. Zucchini is also stuffed with minced meat, rice, and herbs and served with avgolemono sauce.

  • Damage will occur if Summer Squash or Zucchini gets too cold. Your crisper drawer is the best place for it, wrapped loosely in a plastic bag. It can also be kept at room temperature for short periods of time (24 hours).

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