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Zucchini

Zucchini fruit is perhaps the most prolific grower in the garden, with a single plant offering a seemingly endless bounty of squashes in late summer and early autumn. The fertility of this plant has even spawned an annual national holiday, August 8, deemed “Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.” If you’ve never participated, the idea is to share the fruits of your labor by delivering your extra squashes on neighbors’ porches in the cover of darkness or when nobody is home.

 

Zucchini is less commonly known as courgette and belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo, which includes other summer squashes like yellow crookneck and patty pan, along with winter varieties including acorn, delicate, and spaghetti squash. Pumpkins and ornamental gourds also belong to this species. Like all squashes, zucchini is native to the Americas.

 

While available in grocery stores year round, zucchini is harvested in the United States from midsummer through September. Look for fruits that are firm, vibrantly colored, and relatively short and narrow from stem to tip. Longer, wider fruits have less flavor and don’t perform as well with most cooking methods.

Zucchini fruit is perhaps the most prolific grower in the garden, with a single plant offering a seemingly endless bounty of squashes in late summer and early autumn. The fertility of this plant has even spawned an annual national holiday, August 8, deemed “Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.” If you’ve never participated, the idea is to share the fruits of your labor by delivering your extra squashes on neighbors’ porches in the cover...

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