Zucchini, also known as courgette, is a summer squash in the Cucurbitaceae plant family, alongside melons, spaghetti squash, and cucumbers. It can grow to more than 3.2 feet in length but is usually harvested when still immature — typically measuring under 8 inches. Although zucchini is often considered a vegetable, it is botanically classified as a fruit. It occurs in several varieties, which range in color from deep yellow to dark green. Zucchini contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. Zucchini boasts several antioxidants that may provide various health benefits. The highest levels are found in the fruit’s skin. Zucchini is rich in water and fiber, two compounds which can promote healthy digestion by reducing your risk of constipation and symptoms of various gut disorders. Zucchini is rich in manganese, lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamins A and C.