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too much zucchini

Too Much Zucchini

Today I came across the book “101 Things to Do With Zucchini” for the sale price of $1.42. Even at that bargain price I cannot bring myself to buy it. I cannot face it. Over the last two weeks we have had 2 lots of zucchini bread, a zucchini curry, and several batches of pan-fried zucchini.  We have a good sized pile of zucchini in the fridge, have given some away, and still the zucchini keeps on coming.

All this bounty is from a single zucchini plant in my garden. I didn’t know how big it was going to get. It has taken over my whole plot. The tomatoes are shaded and puny, the peppers miniscule, the cabbage has been devoured by some pest, the potatoes have wilted, but the zucchini is mighty and awesome. Like a Triffid it sits there in my yard, engulfing all the plants around it and secretly generating its enormous crop of soul-destroying vegetables.

No matter how diligently I check the plant, it continually manages to defeat me. Taking my phone (in case I can’t get out) I plunge headlong among the leaves and conduct a painstaking search for normal sized fruits. Nothing—many massive leaves, a few flowers, but no sign of anything pickable. Miraculously, overnight, it will then generate a zucchini the size of a small child. This has happened several times now. The fridge shelf is creaking. We can’t give them away.

I’m starting to be afraid of it. Endlessly having to think up zucchini recipes has become a form of torture for me. You finally finish all the muffins, salads, casseroles, and bread, breathe a sigh of relief and get ready to put your feet up, when in comes another massive crop and the whole cycle begins again.

If you are in a similar situation and need help, try the following resources.

  1. Zucchini: You can never have enough. By John Butler. (HA!)
  2. Zucchini Recipes
  3. Zucchini Marmalade (in case you want to preserve your zucchini and enjoy it all winter long. I don’t think I’ll be making this).

9 thoughts on “Please–No More Zucchini!

  1. 4evered says:

    Might give a thought to making zucchini pineapple with some for those holiday recipes calling for pineapple. I hope to save money this holiday baking time by using some. Just a thought before you yank out that plant.

  2. Isobel says:

    The pineapple might be good. Maybe when the next barrel load arrives I will have a go at that!

  3. karla says:

    pass some my way 🙂

    but I wouldn’t even put a dent in your massive collection…only 1 or 2 😦

    1. Michele says:


      I’ll put in a request with Isobel for two of the baseball-bat sized ones ;-0. But you and Brianna will have to come visit to get them…


  4. Isobel says:

    Do you think zucchini can be mailed? I’d be prepared to try it.

  5. Kooky Girl says:

    Oh my gosh – I’m so with you on this one – so far I’ve made Courgette/Zuccini chutney, Courgette and Lemon cake, I’ve put it in salads, I’ve put the flowers in omelettes, I used it in a Vegetarian Tagine with couscous. I’ve got a stack in the freezer and I’ve just got back after 2 weeks away to about 10kg of the things and they’re still growing.. Evertything else in the plot has been overaken except my pumpkin – argh, more squash ! I totally need your links above – thank you ! Kooky Girl.

    1. Isobel says:

      Good luck with that! I have now yanked my plant out. After a few more surprise giant zucchini I have to admit that I gave up!

  6. Michele says:

    Hi Isobel,

    I saw this article about a new use for zucchini: fending off a bear: Woman Fends Off Bear with Zuchhini and thought that you might be interested…


    1. Isobel says:

      I saw that! The BBC headline was “Woman fends off Bear with a Courgette”. Brilliant.

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