Also known as courgettes, zucchinis can grow up to a metre in length but are often harvested at a much smaller size, usually around 10-15 cm. The zucchini can vary between yellow, light or dark green and can have a solid colour or striped skin. The interior flesh is soft and pale green, almost white, and contains lots of small, edible seeds.
Zucchinis are available all year round, with the peak period being from July to November. In a culinary context, the zucchini is usually used in savoury dishes and is treated as a vegetable. However, in a botanical context, the zucchini is treated as a fruit, a type of berry, as it is grown as part of the zucchini flower.
Zucchini is a good source to boost the nutrient value of your diet, containing a high content of vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein and fibre, as well as potassium, folate and vitamin A. Zucchini can be grilled, stir-fried, roasted, or even used as a substitute for spaghetti in pasta dishes.
You can find zucchini at Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market at Bull Creek Organic Garlic Farm, The Food Forest, Alnda Farms, N&M Tsimiklis, Gerry Bariamis, Tobalong Tomatoes, Virgara’s Garden, Patlin Gardens and W&B Hart market stalls. N&M Tsimiklis also sells zucchini at Prospect Farmers’ Market.