You may have noticed that zucchini are a pretty regular feature at the moment, appearing in all of the boxes every week. Zucchini are fast growing and are the immature fruit of the zucchini plant meaning that the farmer does not need to wait for them to ripen like other fruits. In fact, a ripe zucchini may be up to half a metre long and be quite tough and full of hard seeds. A dainty unripe one is more what we’re looking for in the kitchen. The ability to harvest early, the fast growing nature of both the plant and the fruit and the very high yield of fruit from each plant makes zucchini a plentiful spring vegetable. This is why there is so much of it at the moment. Other fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant are still a good few weeks away as they take longer to grow and ripen.