Maybe y’all know this already, but I’m going to say it anyway. Often times, the first zucchinis on a plant come out stupid with the stem end fat and the blossom end all shrunken up. I think it has something to do with pollination (or lack of complete pollination). The solution is to just cut those first ones off as soon as you notice them shaping up strangely. That way, the plant won’t waste any energy making deformed fruits.
The zucchinis above are the first ones off my parents’ plants. I’m a big fan of marinated and grilled zucchini or zucchini bread with a little lemon zest, but I’ve been seeing all sorts of interesting zucchini recipes floating around on Pinterest. Last year, I started collecting vegetable-centric recipes on a Pinterest board for CSA inspiration when I was working for Gathering Together Farm, and I’ve kept it up, so you can find plenty of zucchini dishes as well as other good stuff there.
For everyone who planted zucchini this summer, good luck keeping up with the bounty!