The 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. Along with certain other squashes, it belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep yellow or orange colour.
In a culinary context, the zucchini is treated as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savoury dish or accompaniment. Botanically, however, the zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.
This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme.