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Celebrate National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
Have (Too Much) Zucchini, Will Share
Please ... PLEASE ... take my zucchini!
No, wait, don't run away. Just take this poor squash.
That's what I used to want to say to neighbors, back when I had way too much zucchini every summer from my very prolific plants. I just couldn't bring myself to thin them when they were wee sprouts in the garden, and, as you may very well know if you too have grown zucchini, it doesn't take many plants to produce a LOT of this particular vegetable. Sometimes, even giving them away can be a challenge.
But now there's another solution. You can SNEAK the excess zucchini onto your neighbor's porch (or a front stoop, a back porch, or even a mailbox will do). And there's even a national holiday just for this practice. Really! It's every August 8th, I kid you not.
Here, let me explain and give you some suggestions for how you too can participate in Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day while still remaining on good terms.
Poll: What Would You Do if Your Neighbor Left Zucchini on YOUR Front Porch? - Or back porch, or front steps, or in your mailbox. Same, same.
Would you be grateful or seek revenge?
The Origins of Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
Every holiday has its beginnings somewhere, right?
This particular holiday, honoring one of the most beloved and, at the same time, most dreaded vegetables (because you can't just throw them away, right?) was first established by Tom and Ruth Roy from Pennsylvania. I myself lived in Pennsylvania for several years and, as a veggie grower there, know just how prolific zucchini plants can be in that climate.
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day encourages sharing of one's plentiful bounty with those less fortunate ... or those who didn't plant their own zucchini (because they probably know you, their friendly neighbor, will always have too much).
Seriously now, this holiday was inspired by the "Submit an Entry" form for Chase's Calendar of Events. The Roys have actually launched several holidays, which can be found on their website at Wellcat.com in the Wellcat Holidays section. The Roys' wacky holidays have been featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications and TV shows.
Zucchini: Vegetable or Fruit?
I want to say vegetable, but, technically, because they grow from flowers, they're fruits.
A fruit, a vegetable ... or an edible baseball bat?
Types of Zucchini You Can Slip Onto Your Neighbor's Porch
Mix it up and keep your neighbors on their toes. (Links go to seed packets available for purchase.)
While many growers and eaters of zucchini are most familiar with the Black Beauty and Ambassador type of varieties, which produce medium- to dark-green cylindrical fruits with white flesh, there are many other zucchini varieties that are equally delicious (some might argue they're even more so) and versatile.
They include but aren't limited to:
Cocozelle Zucchini: an Italian heirloom variety with green skin and white stripes. It grows into a long cylindrical shape with prominent ribs.
Zucchini Costata Romanesco: an Italian heirloom variety with a grey-green color, pale speckles and prominent ribs. These plants produce smaller quantities than hybrid zucchini plants, but the results have a richer, nutty flavor.
Zucchini Florence: another Italian heirloom variety, with a dark skin. These are thinner and longer than most zucchini varieties, and the fruit is picked with the flower still attached. Zucchini Florence has a creamy texture and rich, nutty flavor.
Golden Straight-Neck Zucchini: produces fruits that can grow up to 14" and still be very tender. They're lemon-yellow in color and form into club shapes. This type of zucchini, which freezes very well, is excellent served raw in salads or with dips. It's also delicious steamed, fried or baked.
Ronde de Nice Zucchini: a French heirloom, producing small, round fruits with tender flesh. You won't find this variety in many grocery stores because of that delicate flesh, which bruises easily. But if you grow them yourself, the mature zucchini is especially delicious if stuffed.
Gelbe Englischer Zucchini: a custard type of zucchini originally from Gatersleben, Germany. It's a small, irregularly shaped, deep gold fruit that's delicious eaten at any stage.
See more varieties of zucchini seeds you can choose from.
There are SO Many Things Your Neighbors Can Do with the Zucchini They'll Find on their Porch - Here are just a handful of recipes and ideas.
Perhaps slip a few recipe cards on their porch along with the produce.
- Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
I love this recipe! It's easy, tender and delicious.
- Zucchin Bread
An old stand-by and for good reason. Zucchini bread is yummy, with or without raisins or nuts, warm or cold. Here's a recipe from Paula Deen. You can also add chocolate chips.
- 9 NEW Ways to Use Zucchini
Well, they SAY they're new. Regardless, these recipes look and sound very tasty.
Weighing in at 10 pounds, 11 ounces: You Might Scare Your Neighbors if you Leave one of THESE Zucchinis on their Porch - What do you do with a huge zucchini? (S
Easily Core Your Zucchini - Or you can core it for your neighbors before slipping it onto their porches
This dishwasher safe tool with a stay-sharp stainless steel blade will easily remove seeds and "meat" from zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, peppers and more.
Not only can use use this to remove the seed core, but you can clear out the center of the veggie or fruit for stuffing.
While giant zucchini will have lots of seeds and can sometimes be a bit bitter, you can do with this big boys much of what you can do with the small ones. Or you can save it and carve it up for Halloween along with the pumpkins. Actually, why wait? Get creative and use a carved zucchini as a centerpiece or a cool "boat" for a casserole.
Here are some other suggestions:
- Recipes for Giant Zucchinis
- A Forum Discussion with lots of ideas: What to do with a 6-pound zucchini?
A Carved Giant Zucchini - What a work of art!
© 2012 Deb Kingsbury