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Zucchini is a type of summer squash that is widely enjoyed for its mild flavor and versatility in cooking. It has a cylindrical shape with a smooth, dark green skin. Zucchini is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and fiber. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and is used in a variety of dishes, such as salads, stir-fries, soups, stews, and baked goods. Zucchini is easy to grow in a home garden and is typically in season from late spring to early fall. When selecting zucchini, look for specimens that are firm and free from blemishes or soft spots. Store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to a week. To prepare zucchini for cooking, simply wash it and remove the stem and blossom ends. Depending on the recipe, you can slice, chop, grate, or spiralize it to create a wide range of delicious dishes.