Types and Varieties of Zucchini, What You Need To Know

Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables in world cuisine. We can use it for soups, stews, and even desserts, and it is a favorite of vegetarians and vegans. Besides being a vegetable that provides many vitamins and nutrients, it has a low level of calories.

Zucchini is also a great vegetable to plant as it produces a lot of vegetables and can also be planted at any time of the year.

Now, there are many types and varieties of zucchini that, although similar, can differ in color, shape, and harvest time.

Here we summarize them a little:

Mini Zucchini 

This is not a special variety of zucchini, and as its name says, they are quite small, and this is because they are harvested early to get the most out of all the nutrients and benefits they have. 

Their flavor is a little different from those harvested normally, and, depending on the variety, it can become a little sweeter or more bitter. However, the best way to eat them is raw. Their firm, watery flesh makes them the perfect accompaniment to salads.

Magda Zucchini

With an elongated shape, the Magda zucchinis are subvarieties that differ only in skin color. The Grison is quite light with grayish spots and dots, while the Clarita has a whiter tone.

The flavor of both is similar, and their texture is quite soft, which makes them ideal for sautéing or stews.

All Green Bush Zucchini

The All Green bush zucchini is elongated and typical of the Mediterranean. They are more aromatic, unlike mini zucchini, due to the time of harvest. The ‘Sofia’ is much darker in color, and the ‘Samara’ is bright green.

Their texture is much firmer, and their aroma makes them perfect for battered or sautéed dishes.

Crookneck Squash

They are the least known of all the varieties but undoubtedly the favorite when preparing soups and creams, thanks to their soft texture and sweet flavor. Their skin and flesh are loaded with nutrients and vitamins, even superior to other types of green zucchini.

Round Zucchini

These zucchini are characterized by their squash-like appearance but zucchini flavor. They are as versatile as the rest, and actually, the only thing that changes is the shape. Thanks to their shape, with a texture and flavor similar to the other varieties, these are the best for preparing the stuffing.

There are many more zucchini varieties on the market, and it is also very common to consume their flowers that are just as rich in nutrients and flavor. Be sure to include this amazing vegetable in your diet and enjoy all its benefits while filling your dishes with flavor.

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