The JA established the Zucchini Study Group in 2014, and the subcommittee was established in 2015 the following year. At the beginning of cultivation around 1982, it was cultivated by the ground crawling method, but there are problems such as scratches on the fruits, so it seems that it has been carried out by the lifting method since around 1989. Then, the coloring improved, and it seems that it led to the improvement of quality and the increase of yield. Also, compared to other crops, zucchini is cheaper and easier to cultivate, so it seems that the number of members is increasing year by year. Received the Governor’s Award and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Kyushu Regional Agricultural Administration Bureau Award at the “Miyazaki Prefecture Agricultural and Horticultural Special Products Comprehensive Award” on February 9, 2021.
It is a plant of the Cucurbitaceae family, and the immature fruits that have just bloomed are edible. Similar to cucumbers and white melons, but with a light taste and can be used for a variety of dishes. Small young fruits can also be used as flower zucchini. Since it can be produced in a short period of time, it seems to be incorporated into the crop rotation system of fruits and vegetables cultivated in greenhouse. Also, unlike other pumpkins, neither the main stem nor the branches grow, and the flowers arrive from the root of the plant and eventually become fruits. In zucchini, male flowers bloom first, and then female flowers bloom, but it seems that male flowers may bloom well after that depending on the variety.
Generally, the size on the market is about 15 to 20 cm, and it seems that it actually grows up to about 1 m. You can also eat large-grown ones, and if you slice them into slices and sauté them, the sweetness will increase and they will be very delicious. However, this is not suitable for raw food because it has a lot of fiber and is hard. And although it has a short history in Japan and began to spread around 1980, it is bustling as one of the fashionable and popular vegetables in the vegetable garden.