Is Zucchini a Squash?

How does one classify a zucchini? The term zucchini squash gets thrown around a lot, but are zucchinis actually squash?

How does one classify a zucchini? The term zucchini squash gets thrown around a lot, but are zucchinis actually squash?

The Short Answer

Yes, zucchinis are a form of squash. (Speaking of which, have you ever heard of a courgette? See what we learned when we searched to see if courgette and zucchini are the same thing.)

The Long Answer

Squashes are fruits that are cooked as vegetables. They typically come in two varieties: winter squash and summer squash. Zucchinis are a summer squash, meaning they are harvested and eaten before the seeds and rind have hardened. Winter squash are harvested when they are fully grown and undergo a curing process to harden the skin. Because of this, winter squash tends to keep well, whereas summer squash like zucchinis have a relatively short shelf life.

Some examples of squash include hubbard, buttercup, butternut and pumpkins. Zucchinis are often served cooked, and can be prepared through boiling, steaming, grilling, baking, frying or even barbecuing.

You can even prepare zucchini in the Air Fryer! We also really enjoy Zucchini Parmesan, and zucchini gets paired with yellow squash and sausage for this delicious Summer Pasta Dinner.

Is Zucchini a Squash?
Is Zucchini a Squash?

Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.