Zucchini : Cucurbita pepo
Zucchini, a cucumber-like member of the Cucurbitaceae family, is a popular vegetable that is much easier to grow than and gherkins.
It can be grown in almost any kind of climate. All it needs is a sheltered position in full sun, well-drained, fertileand plenty of water and food. If these conditions are fulfilled you will be rewarded with a good crop of vegetables that can be harvested from early summer until autumn as well as extremely decorative, yellow star-shaped flowers.
Sow them indoors from April onward and plant theout at the end of May. When choosing a container, remember that need a lot of space – about a square metre (10 sq ft) – because the leaves grow very large. In the past, many a gardener’s ambition was to grow the largest zucchini possible as an individual .
Today, people prefer to eat zucchini when smaller, which are therefore produced in larger numbers on the plant and have much more flavour.