How to distinguish among cucumber, zucchini and marrow?
These important green fruits all look very similiar. How to tell them apart?
I'm not a gardener or anything but I'm fairly sure a marrow is just a zucchini (we call them courgettes in the UK) that has been allowed to keep growing. Also, cucumbers tend to be just plain green, whereas zucchinis and marrows have white or yellow markings on them.
All three are in the same family and are typically warm-season vegetables. As Rebecca pointed out, marrow has a striped appearance. Cucumbers are usually green and come in different lengths although some are white, yellow, or round.
Zucchini squash is also typically green, but some varieties are yellow or striped. Marrow is like a mature zucchini w/ a striped/speckled more leathery, ridged skin. It is usually cooked and is excellent for stuffing w/ seasoned meats and vegetable combinations. Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked in many ways, and is a main ingredient in ratatouille, a French vegetable stew. Cucumbers are eaten raw in salads or cooked, ,pickled, and chilled as relishes and garnishes. I like them w/ garlic, rice vinegar, and plain yogurt as a zesty side to BBQ or Middle Eastern dishes.
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