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Posted April 4, 2017 | 3:52 PM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Zucchini

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. Each month we will feature a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. In this monthly feature we discuss a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

March's harvest: Zucchini

Credit: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service

Fun fact: A favorite way to enjoy zucchini is to eat it raw, either in a salad or as a party dip.

When is fresh local zucchini available at local groceries and farm stands? March through May; November and December

What type of zucchini is grown commercially here? Green straight-neck summer squash

Where is zucchini most commonly grown in Hillsborough County? South County, Plant City

How many acres are planted in zucchini? 450 acres

How much zucchini is harvested? 131,850 bushels, or about 5.54 million pounds

Local insight: Zucchini, which is a fruit, has overtaken other types of summer squash in popularity as a fresh and cooked vegetable.

Recipe: Stuffed Florida Zucchini and Yellow Squash Parmesan

More information about Florida zucchini