Zucchini or courgette is a summer squash which can reach nearly a meter in length but which is usually harvested at half that size or less. Zucchini can be dark or light green. Zucchini is one of the easiest vegetables to cultivate in temperate climates. As such, it has a reputation among home gardeners for overwhelming production. One good way to control overabundance is to harvest the flowers, which are an expensive delicacy in markets because of the difficulty in storing and transporting them.
Zucchini is low in calories and contains useful amounts of folate, potassium and vitamin A. Male and female flowers of zucchini can edible and are often used to dress a meal or to garnish the cooked fruit. A zucchini with the flowers attached is a sign of a truly fresh and immature fruit. Zucchini has a delicate flavor and requires little more than quick cooking with butter or olive oil with or without fresh herbs.