Every year, I make the same mistake. I really only need two zucchini plants to feed my household, share some with my neighbours, and delight in the delicacy of stuffed zucchini flowers… Alas, I was lazy this year; I purchased a punnet of seedlings (instead of propagating from seed) which had 5 very healthy looking plants in it. I couldn’t find anyone to share them with, couldn’t bring myself to throw them out, and so planted the lot… What was I thinking?!?
I also try very hard to maintain my zero produce waste policy in my garden, and so now am overwhelmed with what I have diagnosed as zucchini induced anxiety. I think most backyard gardeners will know where I am coming from!
There is no cure, symptoms will persist until zucchini production slows (probably late march?).
So far, my strategies for allaying symptoms have been:
- First and foremost, trying to get out to the garden every day to harvest them, one missed day could mean a huge zucchini, and double the quantity to use= double the anxiety!
- Zucchini slice (of course), I think I’m up to batch #5
- Grilled zucchini with melted cheese (a match made in heaven)
- Steamed zucchini with everything
- Zucchini and haloumi fritters
- Zucchini flowers stuffed with goats cheese and anything else
- Pan fried garlicky, buttery zucchini goodness
- Chocolate zucchini cake (using the ‘spice’ cocoa and honey)
- Zucchini pasta
- Bringing zucchini into the office for colleagues to take home
- Visiting neighbours (although, they are more often than not trying to give them away as well…)
What do you do with excess zucchini? Posting any ideas you have as a comment would be really, really great – I’m desperate! There is only so much zucchini slice one little tassievore can eat…!!