Zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the female flower of a summer squash. Natives of Central and South America have been enjoying zucchini for several thousand years, but our present day zucchini is likely a variety of the squash developed in Italy—a result of New World explorers returning to Europe bearing seeds. The word “zucchini” derives from the Italian zucchino, meaning small squash.

Fresh zucchini season at the local farmer’s markets is not a far cry away.

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