Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Z is for Zucchini

Z is for zucchini. (Must have been raining, this one's awfully dirty!)

One thing I have learned about this popular summer squash is that one can never grow just he right amount. Either the blossom ends rot producing a very small crop or there are so many it feels as though they are coming out of your ears.

Zucchini, like its yellow squash cousin, is best consumed while small and tender. If the fruit grows too large, it gets tough and woody and is good for nothing more than an overgrown baseball bat. Medium sized squash, however, can be grated and baked into wonderful treats like Zucchini Bread or Zucchini Custard Pie.

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  1. I had quite a few zucchini blossoms, and I see a few spaghetti squash growing nearby, but my zucchinis aren't coming out at all. Instead of "blossom end rot" I seem to have: Blossom. End. Oh, rot!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. When I've had a big "baseball bat" zucchini, I've scooped out the center, and filled the shells with a meatloaf mixture.

    Love the bread, and I've also made a quiche.

  3. yum! I picked my first one yesterday. I'm determined to catch them when they are 5-7" long! ha. I guess that means checking every day. They turn into the Goodyear Blimp overnight, as you probably already know! haha.

    My favorite way to eat them is chopped and sauteed with olive oil, garlic, onions, and tomatoes sprinkled with italian seasoning. Next fave is bread or chocolate zucchini cake. Yum.

  4. I like zucchini sliced up with yellow squashed, browned up in some olive oil with lemon pepper seasoning. But what I really want to say, is CONGRATULATIONS, GRAMMA! I love the name, little Aubrey Rose, so sweet! I love the expression on your mom's face, too. How very exciting!

  5. mmmmmm!!! Me love zucchini!

    abcw team

  6. okay - I was about to say, "What, zucchini? Was it a slow blogging day?" then I saw all these zucchini-friendly comments and I can't help but wonder if I am out of the zucchini-is-cool-loop? ;)

  7. It is the very last day of ABC Wednesday and that why I posted "Zucchini." If you would like to join us, Stacy, we start over again with the letter A next week.

  8. My plants are about three inches tall......we grow 'em slow here!
    Jane x