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Zucchini (Summer Squash)

April 30, 2020

So many different varieties of summer squash are available and they are easy to grow.


  • Is a valuable source of copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron, even more so than straightneck, crookneck, and pattypan varieties
  • Summer squash, especially the yellow-skinned varieties, are rich in carotenoids, typically 2–10 times higher in the skins than the flesh


Zucchini are prolific growers, often reaching gigundous sizes that resemble baseball bats. Harvesting them earlier makes it easier to keep up with them in the garden.

Zucchini relish, bread, cookies, spiralized, stir-fried. What’s your favorite way to serve it up?

*These posts, written ahead of time, were scheduled on March 22 to post on the appropriate date. There is great uncertainty as to what life will be like at the time they are being read.*


From → A to Z Blog

  1. Carol Corliss permalink

    Hiding zucchini in quiche was a tasty way to get my son to eat vegetables when he was a kid. I still like to use it that way. Thanks for keeping us food-informed this month, Beth!

  2. Ohhh, but Zucchini bread, especially with chocolate IS the BEST!!! 😉 A former neighbor’s Zucchini plant grew gigantic Zucchinis and she would give me a couple. I would end up making about 15 loaves of bread that I would freeze – YUMMMMMM!!

    Thanks Beth, for the healthy education. Congratulations on accepting and meeting the Challenge. You WON!!! ❤

    • The chocolate chip addition is perfect! All the food groups….

      • To make Zucchini bread REALLY chocolatey make it with dark chocolate AND add chocolate chips and raisins… OH YUMMM!! See, I’m a dedicated chocoholic!! 😉 Have a wonderful and restful May.

      • OH!!! Thanks. and see you next year here…

  3. I loooove zucchinis! In a ratatouille it’s just delicious 😉
    Congratulations on ending the challenge!
    Z is for Zakka

  4. Susan Perrotti permalink

    Love Zucchini feta pancakes. Also sauted in a pan with onions and bake zucchini fries

  5. Zucchini is great. It feels good to finish the challenge.

  6. Zucchini is a versatile food. Favorite is in stir fry but I also love zucchini bread (for those giant ones that you missed in the patch or that people give to you.) I’ve very much enjoyed your A2Z and learned a lot about the nutritional value of foods.

  7. Congratulations Beth on reaching ze end! A lovely A-Z, educational and delicious 🙂

    • Thanks for coming by regularly. It’s a challenging time, and some of the same-old is nice to have.

  8. joyweesemoll permalink

    My greatest embarrassment as a gardener was that I couldn’t grow zucchini. I think maybe the deer ate the blossoms or the tiny squashes themselves before I ever got to them.

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