Zucchini is a food that starts with the letter "z." Its shape and smooth green outer skin cause the zucchini to resemble a cucumber and it indeed belongs to the cucumber and melon family. It is typically classified and utilized as a vegetable, but it is actually an immature fruit.
The name "zucchini" originates from the Italian word "zucchino," which means "small squash." Once called a green Italian squash, the zucchini has increased in popularity in the United States since the 1980s. It is a versatile food that can be used in a variety of salads, casseroles, breads and even desserts.