The Zucchini squash has a uniformly cylindrical shape with little to no taper from its stem to the 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 is harvested when immature for best flavor, as a result, their skin is delicate and prone to easy 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 classic summer squash.
In Greece, zucchini is usually fried or stewed with other fruits (often green chili peppers and eggplants).
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).