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Baby Green Zucchini
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Glossy, baby green zucchini resembles the familiar mature zucchini but only measures 1 - 3 inches in length. This smaller, slim squash has the same medium to dark green freckled outer skin. Baby zucchini are the same species as zucchini, merely picked at an earlier stage of growth. The flesh is more tender and the flavor is milder than the larger variety.
Green Zucchini Squash are available in summer, with a peak season from July to November.
Baby zucchini squash are hand-harvested at an early stage of growth. Edible zucchini flowers are sometimes attached to this small squash.
Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, and contains iron, calcium, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and part of the B complex.
This versatile, small summer squash may be boiled, steamed, microwaved, baked, stuffed, pickled, deep-fried, sautéed, grilled or fried. Because baby zucchini is so mild and tender, it can also be eaten raw. To store, refrigerate in a plastic bag. Do not wash until just before preparation. For optimum flavor and texture, use within three to four days as this squash is delicately flavored and perishable.
A warm-season vegetable, zucchini grows on a compact bush that produces large green large leaves and prickly stems. Both yellow, male and female flowers appear on the same bush. Sometimes called Italian squash or green squash, the French and English call zucchini and other summer squash "courgette".