What’s the Difference Between Cucumbers and Zucchini?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 4, 2021 • 3 min read

They’re both gourds, they’re both green, and they’re both technically fruit—although we treat them as vegetables. They’re cucumber and zucchini, two plants that are frequently confused for each other but that each have a character all of their own, with uses ranging from raita to pickles and cake to courgetti. Here’s how to tell the difference between the green genies.