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Zucchinis are related to pumpkin and squash and are one of the most prolific summer vegetables to grow. The vines have large green and mottled leaves with slightly prickly stems.
Most varieties produce narrow, dark green and slightly ridged fruit such as the popular ‘Black Jack’ and ‘Black Beauty’, but there are variations. Striped grey and green forms include ‘Greyzini’ and ‘Costata’. ‘Lebanese’ is a small, roundish, pale grey green zucchini. There’s also a golden variety called ‘Golden’.
Zucchinis are usually cooked and served in savoury dishes or as an accompaniment to meat, chicken or fish. They are packed full of beneficial nutrients including Vitamin A and C, potassium, folate and fibre.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful zucchini harvest including tips along the way.