Zucchini

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Zucchini
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Two typical Zucchini
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C. pepo
Binomial name
Cucurbita pepo
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Zucchini (British English: courgette) are a type of squash. Usually, they are served cooked. They can also be used as an ingredient in a sweet bread. They look similar to cucumbers.

Naming and Etymology[change | change source]

The plant has three names in English, all of them meaning 'small marrow': zucchini (an Italian loanword), courgette (a French loanword), and baby marrow (South African English). Zucchini and courgette are doublets, both descending from the Latin cucurbita, 'gourd'.

Zoodles refer to spiraled Zucchini "noodles" used as an alternative to pasta.

Baby marrow[change | change source]

The name baby marrow is used in South Africa to name a zucchini harvested when extremely young, as small as a finger.[1][2]

Maarroo[change | change source]

Maarroo is used in Urdu, Pushtu and Punjabi for Zucchini in Pakistan. It is probably a distorted form of Marrow or baby marrow.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Baby Marrow". AgriLink. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  2. "Panfried chicken with baby marrow and porcini". Woolworths Taste magazine. Retrieved 2011-06-25.[permanent dead link]