It is the middle of July, yet there is already talk of a glut of zucchini. Is there not always a glut of zucchini? You know there is, especially when you spy people sneaking zucchini onto neighbors' porches in the dark of night. I have written a couple of times about my nightmare encounters with zucchini in the past, but I just can’t help myself. I have to add my 2 cents yet again.
There is a surprising lot of info on the problems and best growing conditions. Really? I am convinced these squashes gone skinny do very well left to their own devices. In fact, if left to their own devices they could likely envelop the entire planet. Despite my disrelish for , zucchini, I did find a couple of interesting items I will share.
First, zucchini doesn’t even come from the homeland of all other squashes, that homeland being the Americas. Instead, it is a hybrid, created by Italians near Milan in the late 19th century. They named their new squash ‘little squash’ (zucca squash, ino little) and its syntax has been corrupted so that the plural form, zucchini, is now singular in our countries.
Second, you are going to love this, especially if you are running out of ideas for use or disposal. Most people harvest zucchini when they are about eight inches long, but if you leave them alone you can grow a formidable weapon of about three feet long and of a baseball bat’s circumference. In Montana a few years ago, a woman actually fought off a bear with a foot-long zucchini, giving it a hefty wallop on the nose which sent the bear howling. Who needs bear spray when you have zucchini !
In case you wondered about the caveat to beware of the 8th of August, here is the reason. August 8 is National Zucchini Day. You now have 3 weeks to barricade your property or take whatever precautions you deem necessary to fend off forays from generous zucchini growers. Good luck.
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