Unfortunately, I missed National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day which was celebrated on August 8th. Yes, we have such a love/hate relationship with the zucchini that it now has its own holiday. HOWEVER, I will be celebrating National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch MONTH because I gone ‘n dun it… I got overzealous when planting and now have more zucchini than a dog has fleas. I know darn well that two or three plants will be more than enough, but I never listen to that nagging little voice in the back of my head as I’m feverishly sinking those zucchini seeds into the dirt. I probably have 20 plants that seem to be producing zucchinis by the hour.
I always plant the Ford Hook zucchini because it grows vigorously and it’s great for just about any recipe that calls for zucchini. I like to pick the zucchini when it’s 6-8 inches long – it’s very tender and the seeds are small. I cut them into 1/4″ slices and fry them with some garlic in olive oil til they’re browned on both sides. A little salt and pepper and yum yum.
For the first time, I planted the Lungo Bianco zucchini from Italy – just because it’s pretty and I also happen to be part Italian. The zucchini is a beautiful shade of light green and it has a sweet, mild taste. And did I mention… it’s pretty.
So tonight, by the light of the silvery moon, I will run around the countryside and leave zucchinis on the doorsteps of my unsuspecting neighbors. It will be just like Christmas, but not really… because it’s a zucchini.