First Zucchinis

June 11, 2013 · 9 comments

first zucchinis // Wayward Spark

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!

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Elisabeth June 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I love your blog! thanks for sharing! I’m closeby in PDX and your gardening wisdom is really relevant and helpful to me. I’ve noticed this too on my zuchinnis and that sometimes they will swell up on the stem end after a heavy watering.


Alanna June 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Hi! I just found your site through Etsy, and I’m glad I did – the photography is stunning! I live in San Francisco with no outdoor space, so I’m living vicariously through your posts. :)


Camille June 15, 2013 at 9:09 am



Karen June 13, 2013 at 6:12 am

Very nice! You’re making me hungry.


Sweet Harvest Moon June 14, 2013 at 8:01 am

Thank you for sharing! They look amazing!


paula June 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

What’s your favorite marinade for the zucchini?


Camille June 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

I usually just mix up some soy sauce, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, and pepper with red pepper flakes, garlic, or ginger if I have them on hand. It’s pretty easy.


Alison Fennell June 16, 2013 at 4:21 am

I love this shot – so ripe and colourful – I see the sunlit strip as a cerulean blue – I love courgette soup :)


Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) June 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I’ve been loving your CSA Pinterest board! And thanks for the wonky zucchini info! Who knew?!


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