Zucchini facts

Zucchini is a fruit of plant named Cucurbita pepo which is an annual and herbaceous plant in the family Cucurbitaceae. As zucchini is a squash botanically, it shares the properties of cucumber. All the varieties of zucchini have yellowish or white pulp same as cucumber.

Name Zucchini
Scientific Name Cucurbita pepo
Native Mexico where it has been domesticated for at least 5,000 years.
Common/English Name Edible Summer Squash, Autumn Pumpkin, Summer Squash, Jack O’lantern Pumpkin, Summer Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Zuchhini, Vegetable Marrow Zucchini, Courgette, Cocozelle, Zuchinni Squash, Crookneck, Yellow Summer Squash, Crookneck Squashes, Straightneck Squash, Acorn Squash, Acorn, Gem Squash, Cibleme, Button Squash, Custard Squash, Custard Marrow, Granny Squash, Petit Pan, Pattpan, Scallop Squash, Scallopini, White Squash, Sunburst Squash, Spaghetti Marrow, Vegetable Marrow, Spaghetti Squash, Spaghetti Melon, Vegetable Spaghetti
Name in Other Languages Arabic: Qar’ Baladî;
Argentina: Zapallo De Angola
Bangladesh: Safed Kadu;
Brazil: Aboboreira;
Chinese: Nan Gua;
Czech: Tykev Turek;
Danish: Græskar;
Dutch: Kalebas;
Eastonian: Harilik Kõrvits;
Egypt: Karr Kosa;
Finnish: Koristekurpitsa;
French (Cajun): Courge;
German: Gewöhnlicher Kürbis,;
Greek: Kolokythi;
Guatemala: Hüicoy;
Hebrew: Kishu;
Hungarian: Ri Tök, Spárga Tök;
India:-
Bengali: Safed Kaddu,
Hindu: Kumrha,
Kannada: Bileegumbala,
Manipuri: Mairen,
Marathi: Kohala,
Malayalam: Kumpalam,
Sanskrit: Kurkaru,
Tamil: Parangi,
Telugu: Budide-Gummadi;
Indonesia: Labu Merah;
Italian: Zucca Da Mangiare;
Japanese: Ponkin;
Khmer: Lo-Peu;
Laos: Fak Thoong;
Malaysia: Labu Manis;
Mexico: Calabaza;
Nepalese: Pharsi;
Norwegian: Mandelgraskar;
Papua New Guinea: Pamkin;
Pakistan(Urdu): Ghia Kaddu;
Philippines: Kalabsa;
Polish: Dynia Pospolita;
Portuguese: Abóbora Porqueira;
Russian: Tverdokoraja Tykva;
Slavašcina: Cukini;
Slovencina: Tekvica Obyčajná;
Spanish: Calabaza Común;
Swahili: Mboga;
Swedish: Pumpa;
Thailand:-
Central: Fak Thong Nam Tao,
Northern: Ma Fak Niao;
Vietnamese: Bi Ngo;
Venezuela: Calabaza
Plant Growth Habit Vigorous annual, monoecious, trailing vine
Growing Climate Temperate
Soil Well drained, fertile
Taproot Shallow, branched and well developed
Stem Hard, angular, five-angled, semi-erect, pubescent to scabrous
Leaf Alternate, simple, large, broadly triangular, dark green
Flower Bright yellow, pentamerous, solitary
Fruit shape & size Variable shape; Length: 1 meter
Fruit color White, pale-dark green-yellow
Flesh color Cream-yellowish or pale orange
Flavor/aroma Light, sweet
Seed Flattened, obovoid- elliptic, white to pale brown
Varieties/Types
  • Black Beauty
  • Raven
  • Fordhook
  • Dunja
  • Gadzukes
  • Gourmet Gold
  • Cocozelle
  • Caserta
  • Magda
  • Summer Green Tiger
  • Italian Ribbed
  • Bush Baby
  • Patio Star
  • Golden Egg
  • Round De Nice
Major Nutritions (Raw) Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 19.2 mg (21.33%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.246 mg (18.92%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.16 mg (12.31%)
Manganese, Mn 0.198 mg (8.61%)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 33 µg (8.25%)
Copper, Cu 0.058 mg (6.44%)
Potassium, K 296 mg (6.30%)
Phosphorus, P 43 mg (6.14%)
Iron, Fe 0.4 mg (5.00%)
Magnesium, Mg 19 mg (4.52%)
Health Benefits
  • Assist in weight loss
  • Maintains overall health
  • Enhance men health
  • Prevent diseases
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Prevent stroke
  • Brain health
  • Enhance mood
  • Treat migraines
  • Antioxidant activity
Calories in 1 cup sliced (113 gm) 18 Kcal.