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The zucchini, like all squash, originates in the Americas, specifically Mesoamerica. Its original name in Mexican language or Nahuatl is ayocotl, also with the variants ayo or ayocotzin (plural, ayococone).
originally posted by: butcherguy
Most garden vegetables don't do well without cultivation and care from a gardener. Most of our garden variety vegetables are hybrids or the results of hydrids in years past (due to domestication) that have set traits that make them valuable as a vegetable. Most of our vegetables, if left in the wild would slowly revert to the original plants that they started out as millenia ago, with small fruits, less sugar content, etc.
Corn (maize) is a completely domesticated plant that doesn't grow wild, as it needs to be planted in masses so that it gets pollinated. Single corn plants, which is how it would grow if it were to come up wild, do not get pollinated and hence don't produce grains on the ears.
originally posted by: esteay812
Hello ATS! It's been a minute.
I was working in my garden and decided that I want too add zucchini. Oddly enough, I couldn't find any tray plants or even seeds for zucchini.
originally posted by: Starcrossd
I don't know the answer but would think the heavy domestication of food plants has a lot to do with it. They would probably look a lot different in the wild too, as well as any ripening fruit getting eaten by foraging animals, another reason they might not get spotted in the wild. Just throwing out my .02, it's a good question. I wanted to start a food forest for awhile, it would be interesting to see how it evolves and changes over the decades!
originally posted by: NightVision
a reply to: esteay812