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How can you tell the difference between a cucumber and a zucchini plant?

Last Updated: 23rd February, 2020

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The first clue is the stem end of the fruit -- zucchini has a woody stem at the end while a cucumber has a small, circular scar. Feel the two in your hand and you'll notice cucumbers have a waxy skin, while zucchini skins are dull.

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Just so, how do I identify a cucumber plant?

Cucumbers. The oval seed leaves of emerging cucumber and squash plants look very much alike, but the cucumber's true leaves will be triangular and lobed with a fuzzy surface and serrated (toothy) edges. As the cucumber vine develops, its delicate-looking but tenacious tendrils will grip and climb anything in their path

Subsequently, question is, can I substitute zucchini for cucumber? If you like zucchini as a raw vegetable, another potential substitute is cucumbers. Cucumbers have a similar appearance and texture, though they're juicier and have a very different taste. Try them as a zucchini substitute in baked dishes or casseroles, where their similar appearance and texture will be emphasized.

Also know, how do I identify a zucchini plant?

Zucchini Plant Identification They range in color from dark green to golden yellow. The skin is ridged, dry and rough and may be of solid or striped presentation. While zucchini grows as a large-leaved bushy plant, and the stems may appear vine-like and slightly hairy at times.

How can you tell the difference between a cantaloupe and a cucumber?

Cantaloupe leaves are rough and lobed, similar to cucumber, but not as angular. Cucumber leaves are lobed, triangular, with bristly leaves. If you do an internet search for cantaloupe seedlings and cucumber seedlings images you will definitely see the differences.

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Why are there no cucumbers on my plants?

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Which is healthier cucumber or zucchini?

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Can we cook cucumber?

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Do I need to remove male cucumber flowers?

't need pollinating - in fact, you should remove any male flowers to prevent pollination happening or the fruits will end up bitter. You can buy all-female F1 hybrid varieties, such as cucumber bella, so that this won't be an issue. Outdoor varieties, meanwhile, are called ridge cucumbers.

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What do cucumber blooms look like?

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How long does it take for a cucumber to grow after flowering?

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What does zucchini taste like?

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Are zucchini plants prickly?

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How can you tell what kind of squash plant you have?

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  2. Moschata: Smooth leaves. Often mottled.
  3. Pepo, Oaxacan: Deeply lobed leaves. Sometimes with light mottling.
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What do seedlings look like?

They include bulbs and palms. Their seedlings all look much the same, with a single leaf that's either narrow or wide. I haven't included Grasses. They also have a single seed leaf, but produce more at points up the stem, whereas most other monocots produce new leaves from the bulb or base.

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How do you tell the difference between a pumpkin and a squash plant?

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How do I grow zucchini?

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  4. Cannot tolerate frost.
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What does the inside of a zucchini look like?

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Are pumpkins green when they start growing?

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What does a carrot seedling look like?

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Najima Kaierleber

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What's a good substitute for zucchini?

Another best substitute for zucchini is its fellow summer squash. You can substitute zucchini with yellow squash when you just can't seem to find zucchini in your local grocery store. Yellow squashes have a crookneck and could be easily used as substitutes for your recipe.

Trijntje Wagenfuhrer

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What is an alternative to zucchini?

If your in need of zucchini “noodles” which is simply long peels of zucchini, then you can use sweet potato or yellow squash as a substitute. Another squash variety is always a substitute so patty pan squash or yellow squash can be used. Yellow squash can also be a good substitute.

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Can you substitute carrots for zucchini?

Carrot Zucchini Bread. You can also make this an all-carrot bread by substituting the grated zucchini for an additional 1.5 cups grated carrot.