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.
A vegetarian barbecue dish