Look at these beautiful zucchini here at a street market in the port of Rome. Why is it that Europeans know how to respect their vegetables? And that Americans fall way short in that respect? Artichokes? European markets are filled with them, spectacular and fresh with their long stems still on them. Zucchini? Newly picked, unblemished and appetizingly green, they come with the flowers still on them, just waiting for some home cook to stuff them with cheese, batter and fry them. These garden-grown zucchini were selling for one euro per kilo. About $.60 per pound.