A versatile vegetable also known as a courgette

Zucchini is another name for the courgette, a versatile vegetable which is used particularly widely in Italian and French cooking.

It can come in a range of varieties with different characteristics, but in its most familiar form it resembles a small cucumber with a more leathery skin.

Zucchini can be roasted whole, or sliced and sauteed as a frittata ingredient, or even sliced, coated in a batter or breadcrumbs and shallow fried. One of it's most common roles is as an ingredient in ratatouille.

In Italy, the flower of a zucchino is often stuffed with a cheese mixture, before being battered and deep fried.

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