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Happy National Zucchini Day and Recipes

Updated on February 7, 2015

National Zucchini Day

August 8 is National Zucchini Day or "Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's' Porch Day." Due to overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors' doorsteps. This might annoy some neighbors, but a nicer holiday than the "Place a Flaming Brown Paper Bag with Dog Poop on You Neighbors' Porch Day."

National Zucchini day is not to be confused with the April 24th; this is National Zucchini Bread Day.

How did this holiday originated?

Tom and Ruth Roy of Pennsylvania came up with the holiday along with 90 plus holidays that are out of the ordinary. Read more of this on the Roy's website at

I Want Zucchini!

How This Plant Gets Overgrown

A few years ago, my sister-in-law brought me some very large zucchinis from her garden (18 to 24 inches long and several inches around.) She told me that she had more of these than she knew what to do with and would bring more if I would like.

I didn't ask for more. The three zucchinis were more than enough.

We made zucchini bread...enough to share with my neighbors. We had zucchini spaghetti, stir fried with onions, baked zucchini and even froze some zucchini for later. Though the problem I have when freezing any food item is that it is often forgotten and later thrown out.

Our backyard has a sand base. This makes it difficult to have a garden. We do have a small area where we have filled it in with the proper gardening dirt. In this garden we have grown tomatoes, watermelon, sunflowers (this blown in from our neighbor's yard), peppers and potatoes. Last year I talked my husband into planting zucchini in this small little garden. We bought two plants. One plant would even be more sufficient. Soon we found that the zucchini had taken over the garden. It was blocking off the watermelon and pushing into the peppers and tomatoes.

We ended up with more zucchini than we knew what to do with it. My husband brought it to work. Our daughter brought some back to her college apartment. Some was frozen a year ago and is still there. Do you think it is still good???

Husband had spoken, "Absolutely no zucchini this year!" My sister-in-law said she wasn't planting any this time around. This means only one thing...buying it at the store.

Zucchini is like buying gold in the supermarkets. I've seen them smaller than cucumbers, but are sold for 2 or 3 times the price. (At least here it is.) If this type of squash is so easy to grow, then why is it so expensive to buy? And why are they so tiny?

Since I refuse to buy this gold, I will have to go without it or pay the price. Now more than ever...I want zucchini!

Zucchini Size Matters Ornament

3dRose Sandy Mertens Food Designs - Zucchini Size Matters - Ornaments (ORN_6237_1)
3dRose Sandy Mertens Food Designs - Zucchini Size Matters - Ornaments (ORN_6237_1)
If the zucchini is not picked early enough, then it can grow to two feet long or better. One zucchini plant can produce many zucchinis. It is hard to pick all these at the right time. This photo that is turned into a cartoon by me is the zucchinis from our garden. A little humor is added to this ornament.

Zucchini Coffee Gift Basket and Apron

I bought a coffee gift basket (Hawaiian collection) from 3DRose for some friends, like this one. My friends told me the coffee was good and I was able to see the mug and coasters. They looked real nice.

Bake some delicious zucchini bread. The apron will keep your clothes clean while baking.

Zucchini Flower T-shirt

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Zucchini Mousepads on Zazzle

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Top 6 List for successful sneaking of Zucchini

Or otherwise ridding yourself of unwanted surplus summer squash

Courtesy of Tom and Ruth Roy of Their site is linked to Wellcat Herbs and Wellcat Holidays.

I had corresponded with Mr. Thomas Roy on using this list. His reply was, "Absolutely. Please send me a copy, too?"

1) Carefully place a dozen or more zucchini in a large, sturdy black plastic trash bag, then add a couple layers of unwanted clothing. Drive to nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army, hand over bag to nearest volunteer. Politely refuse any offered receipt. Leave quickly.

2) Look for out of the way places which have signs posted, "Clean Fill Wanted."

3) Reserve 1/2 of the space in large, upright freezer, gather all available plastic containers & freezer bags. Drink a vat of your favorite caffeinated beverage, in preparation for staying up round the clock to puree large quantities of zucchini. This can then be packaged neatly and artistically labeled: "For Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe." These packages can be freely given, along with copies of recipe, to anyone on your Christmas list. [Ed. note: I solemnly promise that I will eventually post this recipe.]

4) Under light of full moon, either stark naked or wearing full army camouflage, carrying a machete or any garden implement, run amuck in your zucchini patch, cutting and slashing. Be sure to thank mother nature for her bounty before and after this cathartic experience.

5) Buy a large roll of freezer paper--the kind that sub shops use to, you know, wrap up their subs & other sandwiches. Then proceed to wrap each zucchini which has managed to grow to a foot or more in length. Next time your child has a fundraiser, send him or her out supplied with these phony subs. Tell child to drop them off with neighbors or relatives and leave quickly. It's advisable that a responsible adult hover nearby in a get-away car.

6) Gotta run! Time to order my seeds.

101 Things to Do with Zucchini

Beautiful and Funny Zucchini Mugs

August 8th - National Zucchini Day - Cheers With Your Mug

Click on the links below to view these flower and food mugs on 3DRose. Find all this designer's products when going down 3/4s of the product pages until you find my name.

Sandy Mertens Flower Designs Mug Page

Sandy Mertens Food Designs Mug Page

Vegetable Spiral Slicer

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Easy Spaghetti and Zucchini Recipe


* 2 small to medium zucchini

* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 4 turns of the pan

* 4 cloves garlic, chopped

* Salt and freshly ground black pepper

* 1 pound spaghetti, (cooked slightly chewy to the bite)

* 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano


Pile up 2 or 3 layers of paper towels on a work surface. Working on the paper towels, shred zucchinis using a box grater holding the zucchini at an angle.

Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil to the pan Add chopped garlic to the oil. When garlic speaks by sizzling in oil, add shredded zucchini. Season zucchini with salt and pepper. Sauté shredded zucchini 7 to 10 minutes. Add hot, drained pasta to the pan. Toss spaghetti with zucchini and garlic oil. Add a couple of handfuls of grated cheese to the pan. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Cook time: 15 min. Serves 4.

Spaghetti and Zucchini Recipe

5 stars for Spaghetti and Zucchini Recipe

Yummy Zucchini

© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      ecogranny I still have zucchini in my freezer from a few years ago. Maybe I should throw it out?

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      When I had a garden, I always had to add zucchinis to my compost pile because we couldn't eat or freeze or give them away fast enough, so I know how it goes.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      ecogranny I know that it is easy to left them become overgrown. The smaller ones do taste better.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I WISH someone would sneak some zucchini on my doorstep. I love the stuff, especially little ones, no bigger around than a quarter. I use them lots and lots of ways. Of course, the big ones are wonderful for grating and freezing to use in breads all winter long. Thanks for a fun page and a yummy-looking recipe.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @marsha32: Since we are not growing zucchini this year, I do wish that too.

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      6 years ago

      I wish someone would sneak some zucchini on to my porch!

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice lens - I have zucchini growing in my garden too :)

    • orthopedic matt profile image

      orthopedic matt 

      8 years ago

      This lens really made me smile! Thanks.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Really funny, sweet lens. The spaghetti and zucchini sound great. Blessed - and I will attempt to give it love at the squidoo kingdom. (I've never been there but I will try.)

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      Echo Phoenix 

      8 years ago

      I had not heard of this before but I am looking forward to my first one... our community hasn't a clue so it should be fun, I have my niece and sister recruited to help me Zucchinize the neighborhood! I put you out on FB this morning so I hope it brings good traffic this weekend... thanks for a fun campy lens;)

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      8 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done! Squidlike

    • cynthiannleighton profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice Vegetarian Vegetable Lens:-) I do enjoy zucchini. Fresh tiny ones taste good all by themselves. Wash and eat.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Three cheers for the Zuchini. I am so sad that I forgot it's special day though, I mean, how could I forget the humble Courgette (which is what we call it in the UK by the way). Cool and nice lens, blessed.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @tvyps: National Bacon Day is the Sat. before Labor Day.

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      Teri Villars 

      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The vegetable that gets absolutely no respect, much to the disadvantage on being at the end of the alphabet...similar to my last name, I was always at the end of the line. My name is not Zucchini however but I think I went to school with an Italian kid with that last name. Alberto Rosselini Zucchini (I think). This day would be one of my pooch's faves, she loves zucchini...come to think of it, she loves any kind of food, especially bacon. Do you know when National Bacon Day is?

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      9 years ago

      When you grow zucchini you either have none or way too much. Just a fact of life.

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      jojokaya lm 

      9 years ago

      Delicious lens. really love zucchini.

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      9 years ago

      I love Zucchini but I didn't know it had its own national day, that's too cool.

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      9 years ago

      Cool lens done with great humor. I love zucchini raw in salads or cooked any way. You have to have grown some in your garden to really appreciate the humor here ... and the same type lenses could be done for squash, peppers and cucumbers.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Zucchini are delicious cooked on the grill. Leftovers are a wonderful addition to pizza.

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      9 years ago

      Zucchinis are too tasty to give away!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      9 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Those are some whoppers! (Zucchinis, that is)

    • patinkc profile image


      9 years ago from Midwest

      I love zucchini!

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      9 years ago

      What a fun lens. I had overgrown zucchinni this year too. I like them big!

    • retta719 profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Nifty! *~*~angel dust~*~*

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      9 years ago

      I love this lens. It reminds me of a friend from work who was always bringing in her extra zuchinnis from her garden to distribute to anyone who would take them. I emailed her your lens. Aside from grilled zuchinni, my favorite is zuchinni bread from my ex's grandmother's recipe. Yummy!

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      Eliza Rayner 

      9 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      Number 4 was the best... clever lens, love it.

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      9 years ago

      I really think I read somewhere that #4 must be perform naked! I know I'm a few weeks early, but I'll wish you 'Happy National Zucchini Day' now. All the best to you in your "sharing the love"!

    • sheriangell profile image


      9 years ago

      Yeah for zucchini! We love zucchini and cook it on the grill often with onions and garlic, yum!!

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      9 years ago

      Love your lens. Just made it a feature on my easy peasy zuccini and carrot savoury slice recipe lens. I didn't know there was a National Zucchini Day.

    • RuthieDenise profile image


      10 years ago

      Love this lens. I love zucchini.

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      10 years ago

      Eating the Teriyaki Zucchini and Onion recipe right now and its awesome! Fast and simply. Sometimes I also add a bit of soy sauce and some ginger.

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      Samantha Lynn 

      10 years ago from Missouri

      They have their own Day? Wow you go Zucchini!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I have a few recipes that use Zucchini. I have a pasta one that's my favorite. I remember my Dad used to make Zucchini cookies that were actually quite good as well.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Sandy ~ I'm adding your lens to Culinary Favorites From A to Z under zucchini. The group would love a lensroll to your lens! Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. Shame I'm slightly allergic to zucchini and all of it's relatives. I quite like the taste though.

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      10 years ago

      Last summer we received a lot of large zucchini from a friend and loved it, I made a LOT of zucchini bread! This was a really funny lens, I love the list on how to successfully sneak your zucchini!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      I wonder if we could dry zucchini rounds and use them to decorate the Christmas Tree?

      I am marking Zucchini Day on my calendar and can hardly wait for August to celebrate.

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      Tonie Cook 

      11 years ago from USA

      I love zuchinni - especially raw with a little sea.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Just today we were the, I mean,recipient of a big bag of zucchini from our neighbor's bountiful harvest. Left it right by our sliding glass door without us seeing! Really, I am grateful for it and plan to make some yummy zucchini bread.

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      capriliz lm 

      11 years ago

      My daughter in law can make the best zucchini bread. Now I find myself very hungry for it!

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      andreaberrios lm 

      11 years ago

      Delicious! Another great lens Sandy! 5*

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      I love zucchini! Bread, fried, baked...anything! I grow them myself and they grow so fast here that you have to pick twice a day to keep up! Beautiful lens dedicated to a great food!

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      11 years ago

      great job. 5 stars for you.

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      clouda9 lm 

      11 years ago

      Very clever lens! I'll be back to snag a few of the recipes, I have a feeling my neighbor may 'leave me a gift' real soon :)

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      11 years ago from England

      I know them as courgettes. the best ones I've ever had are the Greek way of cutting them on the diagonal into slices, dip them in batter and fry then serve with tzaziki...YUMMY!! I had no idea they were so easy to grow.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

    • CCGAL profile image


      11 years ago

      Beautifully done lens. I am especially impressed with how you have used feedburner to get subscriptions - that's a terrific idea that you've implemented well. I also liked how you mixed humor and serious cooking - and the photo of you (that was you, yes?) holding the two big zucchini is priceless. How could I give you anything less than 5 big stars? Good Job!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      11 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      We used to have the same problem--too much zucchini--and couldn't give it away. We finally whittled our crop down to ONE zucchini plant and would pick them when they were tiny. Still, we had loads of it and made lots of zucchini bread, which was easier to give away than the zucchini.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Lens! Wow! I think I love Zucchini Day! This was really interesting! :)

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      11 years ago

      Very unique idea! Who would thought a person could put so much content together for National Zucchini Day? Great job Rocket Mom! **5**

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Fun lens! 5*

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      11 years ago

      I like Zucchinis and buy from the mrket sometimes. Now I might give a try growing it in my backyard. Good lens indeed.

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      David Schroeter 

      11 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      I added this day to my calendar ;-) 5 *s

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      Rhonda Albom 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi, loved this lens, interesting and a bit different. I had no idea there was such a holiday. I have added a link to other great rocket moms on my holiday lens.

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      Carol Goss 

      11 years ago

      I hope someone drops abag of zuchinni on my doorsteps I love it. Thanks for a great lens.

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      11 years ago

      I love Zucchinis, I buy mine at the my local farmers market. I even used to grow them few years ago. Very good lens!

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      11 years ago

      Great lens!

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      11 years ago

      The zuchinni spaghetti sounds good, think I'll try it - great lens and a few chuckles too!

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      11 years ago

      Great ideas, nice work!

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to Zut_Moon] But you said that you wouldn't be coming to Wisconsin!

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      Zut Moon 

      11 years ago

      Zucchini ..sounds like they should be the main crop in Zutville.

      The recipe for Teriyaki Zucchini and Onion looks good and we will likely try it. If we get sick, we are coming after you LOL

      Good Lens fo Zucchine lovers ....

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      11 years ago

      Very much fun!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      11 years ago

      This is a really fun lens. I love the idea of sneaking zucchini onto your neighbors' porches. 5*

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      The Party Animal 

      11 years ago from Partytown USA

      Awesome and love the picture!!!

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      11 years ago

      nice lens..never though that have National Zucchini Day

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      11 years ago

      I love zucchini! Those huge overgrown ones are perfect for making zucchini bread. For fresh eating I like to pick them tiny-within a day or two of the blossom falling off.

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      11 years ago from Chicago area

      LOL about zucchini surpluses! We had this issue--on the receiving end--with cucumbers, too. Got several massive ones from my dad and then more, even bigger, from the neighbors. Your zucchini and spaghetti recipe sounds quite yummy. 5* and rolling this to

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens on Zucchinni! What a holiday to come up with. It is unique. Nice job!! 5*****

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Leave it up to ole Tom and Ruth Roy to come up with National Zucchini Day and you sure did a great lens on it.


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