Varieties of Zucchini - What's the Difference?

There are several varieties of zucchini available to the backyard vegetable gardener. Each one has it's own unique feature that distinguishes it from other varieties. It may surprise you to learn that not all zucchinis are dark green and cylindrical. Here is a list of some of the more common varieties, along with fruit and plant descriptions.

Black Beauty Zucchini Variety

  • Aristocrat - this variety features a waxy skin and is medium green in color

  • Black Zucchini - very dark green skin and almost white flesh, very common variety of zucchini

  • Zucchini Gadzukes - dark green with distinctive light green ridges, resembles a star when sliced crosswise, compact plant

  • Gold Rush - A unique zucchini variety that features gold colored fruit and a classic zucchini taste, compact plant

  • Black Beauty - this variety bears very dark green fruit, very compact plants

  • Embassy - features medium green fruit, almost spineless plant, very heavy producer

  • Greyzini - early producer, ready in 47 days, tender green fruit with light green stripes

  • Sweet Gourmet - a Lebanese variety, very light, creamy green skin, tapered fruit, very compact plant and heavy producer

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