Ah, Zuchinni.

So dependable, you can count on it every year to yield prolifically. If you see one, you have to pick it then because when you turn your back it will triple in size. You have to look carefully, almost like stalking elusive prey, because they hide under giant leaves and are the same color.

This year, we grew 3 zucchini and 3 yellow squash plants. They always start producing as soon as the basil is ready, and they bridge the gap before tomatoes and eggplants are ripe. A nice change from the kale, but they do get boring rather fast. There are only so many nights you can eat zucchini and pasta. I’m always looking for creative ways to use them up.

Last night, I made salsa verde from zucchini and served it over fish. It was fabulous, couldn’t even tell it wasn’t tomatillos. I thought I would share the recipe, modified from an old Bon Appetit.

Zucchini Salsa Verde: makes about a pint size jar. 

  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • leaves and stems from a third of a bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • half white onion, roughly chopped
  • juice & zest from 2 limes
  • seeded jalapeno chili, roughly chopped
  • few pinches coarse salt
Blend everything together in a food processor until smooth. Chill in fridge until ready for use. Use in place of tomatillo based salsa. Suggested with: broiled fish, chips, burritos or eggs.
What unusual ways do you use up summer squash?
The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt”            
–  Dave Barry

3 thoughts on “Zuchinni

  1. Oooo…I’m trying that recipe this morning! We love zucchini. We eat it fresh and even grate it into breakfast pancake batter for super-moist cakes.

    Whenever a gardener-wanna-be asks me what to plant first, I always tell them to pick any plant from the cuke family (cucumber, squash, melon) and sow the seeds right in the ground. Just 2-3 plants is all you need, they’re easy to grow, and if you drive in a couple of T-posts and run some string, you can grow them up!

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