Did you know that today, Wednesday, August 8th is National Zucchini Day?!? Yup, it is :)
The Old Farmer's Almanac says to "pick squash young, about three to five days after flowering when they are 3-4 inches long, for tender sweet fruits. Bigger ones are best shredded and used for baked goods." (https://www.almanac.com/blog/gardening-blog/zucchini-fertility-spawns-annual-holiday)
I think this one is ready for picking. You can see the flower (positioned by my index finger) has dried and is turning brown. This was our first fruit of the season, so I can't wait to see how it tastes. Zucchinis grow so fast! I decided to wait a couple of days longer and it practically doubled in size. I also found a zucchinitastic recipe that I just have to share with you. See below.
"They don’t can or freeze well. You can only bake and consume so much zucchini bread, quiches and cakes"..."Consider taking your bounty to a local food pantry or soup kitchen to share with the hungry...and gift your neighbors with [some of that] homegrown goodness!"(https://www.almanac.com/blog/gardening-blog/zucchini-fertility-spawns-annual-holiday)
Zucchini and Rosemary Frittata with Parmesan
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
2 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
How to Make It
Step 1: Preheat the oven to broil.
Step 2: Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute. Do not allow garlic to brown, or it will turn bitter. Add zucchini; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring continuously.
Step 3: Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, rosemary, and season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the zucchini and cook, just until the eggs begin to set, about 3 minutes.
Step 4: Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top. Place pan under the broiler for 3 minutes or until the fritatta rises slightly and becomes light and settled. The eggs should not be runny. Cut and serve.
Tell me how your garden is growing or tell me how your Zucchini Frittata tasted or if you tweaked the recipe in such a way to make it even better. Either way, fellow garden nerds want to hear what you are up to...like and share this blog on your FB page too!
Healthy, happy eating and continued good growing... AND Happy National Zucchini Day!