Homegrown Hillsborough: Zucchini
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
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.