If your garden is overflowing with zucchini and you have so many you don’t know what to do with them, you are in luck. Aug. 8 is National Zucchini Day and tomorrow night is Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night, says Fix.com via email on August 7. Fix.com, a home and garden website, promotes sharing your garden bounty with others to increase awareness of the value of eating fresh produce. What better way to do that than surprise your neighbor with fresh zucchini?
This versatile and delicious veggie can be eaten raw, in salads, sautéed and even made into pickles or relish. It’s the main ingredient in zucchini Parmesan and works well in casseroles with either tomato sauces or Alfredo.
The fruits are best if harvested when they are 6 to 8 inches long when the seeds are small and the skin is tender. Unless, of course, you are making zucchini bread with shredded zucchini, in which case, monster zucchinis will serve you well.
The mention of zucchini typically conjures up images of green cylindrical fruits, but that is only one variety of zucchini. Some zucchini are round and are often referred to as eight ball zucchini. Zucchini ranges in color from yellow (referred to as golden zucchini) and varying shades of green to nearly black. The skin may be speckled or striped, depending on the variety.
Zucchini is high in dietary fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese and potassium and provides a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, pantothenic acid, copper and iron, says NutritionData. Adding fresh zucchini to your diet gives you a boost of vitamins and minerals and adds mild flavor to soups, casseroles and stir-fries.
If you are lucky enough to have an abundance of zucchini, sneak a few onto your neighbor’s porch on Aug 8, if you dare. Everyone is advised to check their porch in the morning for fresh zucchinis from neighbors.