Z is for Zucchini! Yes Zucchini or Tori in Hindi. Interestingly like all the other vegetables Tori’s English name Zucchini is relatively unknown to most of us. Even in my son’s chart book of fruits and vegetables this humble vegetable has been mentioned with its Hindi name written in English. Anyway now that we know that Zucchini is our Tori – the most favoured summer vegetable let’s see what exactly it is.
According to Wikipedia, Zucchini or courgette as it is also known in some parts of the world is essentially a summer a is a summer squash, which can reach nearly a meter in length, but which is usually harvested at half that size or less. Zucchini along with some other squashes and pumpkins belong to Cucurbita Pepo species and can either be dark or light green in colour. And a related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep yellow or orange colour.
Did you know?
- Though Zucchini is treated as a vegetable in a culinary context, botanically, zucchini is a fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.
- Like all the other squashes, Zucchini also traces its ancestry to America. However, the varieties of squash typically called “zucchini” were developed in Italy, many generations after their introduction from the Americas.
To read more about Zucchini click here. Some more links for Zucchini recipes.