In the Midwest, zucchini is both a marvelous signpost for summer, and terrifying force of nature. The northern equivalent of kudzu, when the growing conditions are right its vines crawl out of tidy, fenced-in garden patches to take over whole neighborhoods, depositing dozens of dark green squash the size of Volkswagens in its wake.
Fortunately, zucchini also has many wonderful qualities. It is a terrific addition to soup, pasta, and side dishes, and makes cakes and breads moist and delicious. In the zucchini world, remember that the biggest is not necessarily the best: young squash are by far the most desirable– their seeds are still small and tender, and the flesh is firm and sweet.
Zucchini photo for gThankYou!Little known facts about the humble zucchini:
In 2005, a poll of 2,000 people revealed the zucchini (also known in Europe as the courgette) to be Britain’s 10th favorite culinary vegetable!  Want to try something new?   Try this British no-cook antipasti recipe for “Stuffed Courgette Rolls” from Good Food.com.
Ratatouille - gThankYou!In France, zucchini is a key ingredient in ratatouille, a stew of summer fruits and vegetables prepared in olive oil and cooked for an extended time over low heat.  Julia Child’s recipe for this wonderful dish is still a consensus favorite!
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In Spain, zucchini are also fried with egg and onions in olive oil to make a Spanish dish called “tortilla de calabacín”.
In Italy, the blossoms are even stuffed and fried – an incredible treat!
Back here in the Midwest, when we have a craving for sweets, nothing beats a good zucchini bread treat; one office favorite is Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins thanks to our friends at Allrecipes.com.  Feel that fall breeze yet?  It’s a good time to try and share them!
Do you have a favorite way to cook zucchini? Tell us about it!
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