Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
annually on August 8th
Zucchini has a reputation for being one of the easiest vegetables to grow. They are overflowing in many gardens in temperate climates, and people don't know what to do with them all, so they often try to give them away. Today's lighthearted holiday speaks to this and finds a way to solve the problem. The holiday's creators simply gave this description for the day: "Due to overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors’ doorsteps."
Zucchini is a summer squash with a thin, dark or light green skin. There also is the golden zucchini, a hybrid that is deep yellow or orange. The roots of zucchini, like all squash, is in America, but zucchini was developed in Italy in the second half of the nineteenth century. Cucurbits had been introduced to Italy in the sixteenth century, and the zucchini developed from them. In fact, the name "zucchini" comes from the Italian word for squash: zucca. Zucchini was introduced to the United States in the 1920s, likely being brought there by Italian immigrants.
Zucchini are low in calories, having about 25 on average. They are a good source of folate, potassium, and provitamin A, and help fight cancer and heart disease. The best tasting zucchini are small or medium-sized, approximately 6 to 10 inches in length. Although, they can grow up to almost 40 inches. In fact, the largest ever, as of 2014, was 99 inches and was grown in Niagara Falls, Canada. Zucchini is usually cooked when eaten, and there are many different ways this can be done. They can be grilled, steamed, boiled, stuffed and baked, barbecued, fried, put in other recipes, and more. They are often used to make bread or cake.
How to Observe
If you have any extra zucchini in your garden, put them in a basket and sneak them onto your neighbor's porch. If you still have some zucchini left, or if you find someone put zucchini on your porch, it's the perfect day to make something. If you don't have any zucchini or no one sneaks any on your porch, you could still go out and buy some so you could cook or bake something. Here are some recipe ideas:
- zucchini bread
- zucchini cake
- Italian zucchini soup
- zucchini casserole
- grilled zucchini
- stuffed zucchini
Once you have had your fill of zucchini, you could plan out a trip to the upcoming Obetz Zucchini Festival, which takes place in Ohio.