August 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Like who knew?
When I worked in an office for many years, I’d come into work and open up my desk drawer and there would be one or two zucchinis, sometimes an entire shopping bag rested on my chair.
Zucchini squash (courgette) is one of the most popular summer squashes in Americas and Europe. Summer squashes are believed to have originated in the Central America and Mexico.
Like most things, bigger is not always better. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the largest zucchini belongs to Gurdial Singh Kanwal from his garden in Brampton, Ontario, in 2005. Kanwal’s zucchini measured a whopping 7 feet 10.3 inches long nearly two baseball bats in length!
Maybe you either love zukes or not, but if you love it, here are some recipes for how to use it.
Thanks to the now trendy appliance called the spiralizer, you can make “noodles” from fruits and vegetables with the most popular application being the zucchini noodle or zoodle. (I hate to be skeptical but in a few years, these spiralizers will disappear like the bread maker.)
Now the zoodle reigns with a few recipes like lemongrass chicken and zoodles and zucchini Pad Thai zoodles.
If you don’t want to buy an appliance that will be sold in your end of year yard sale, forget zoodles and consider summer veggie kabobs or corn and herb stuffed zucchini and for a yummy snack, zucchini chocolate chip muffins.