Zucchini is a member of the squash family and can be a delicious addition to almost any summer dish. If you have ever needed to select zucchini at a grocery store or produce stand, you should know how to determine if the zucchini is ripe. Whether you are an expert in the kitchen or just experimenting with new vegetables, learn what you should look for to know when a zucchini is ripe.
Look for a uniform green color encompassing the entire zucchini.
Look for zucchini that are 6 to 8 inches in length.
Select zucchini that is fairly firm and not too soft. It should feel slightly more flexible than a cucumber, but not by much. Avoid soft zucchinis because the softness is a sign they will be inedible very soon. Pick softer ones if you are planning to make zucchini bread, however.