Ode to Zucchini

When first I had a garden

And I planted a zucchini,
The seedsmen said that it would grow –
Of that they’d guarantee me.
So, since I had a lot of room
I planted six or seven –
In hopes that I would shortly be
In high zucchini heaven.
You should have seen the way they grew –
So strong they were and healthy.
If summer squash were in demand,
They would have made me wealthy!
We ate zucchini many ways . . .
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But even so it always seemed
Our harvest grew no thinner.
Zucchini bread, zucchini cake –
At first the prospect tickled.
We ate them fried. We ate them stuffed.
We even ate them pickled!
We sliced them. We pureed them.
We ate them raw in salads.
I lived with them so much
I even wrote zucchini ballads!
We gave them to our neighbors.
(Our supply, it seemed, was endless.)
But them our neighbors all rebelled –
We feared we’d soon be friendless!
Zucchini sticks for snacking and
Zucchini wrapped in pie crust . . .
Until at last I drew the line –
Zucchini flakes for breakfast??
So now I’ve learned my lesson.
From frustration it will free me.
You’ll never ever find me
Planting more than one zucchini!
– Andrew Daughters

Due to the recent outbreak of bacterial wilt that is running ramped through my cucurbits, I am down to one zucchini plant! However, due to the prolific fruit producing nature of this plant, I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m hiding zucchini in unlocked cars and the like!

Image copyright © 2009-2010 Danielle R Limoge.

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4 responses to “Ode to Zucchini

  1. It's been a tough year for zucchini. We're battling powdery mildew, mosaic virus and now squash borers…yet i'm still getting zucchini! lol. i'm loving them as raw noodles, sliced with a mandolin or carrot peeler. i've been putting together my zucchini blog post with some good recipes..just haven't gotten it finished yet. lol.

  2. ooohhhh!! I hope you publish it before mine bites the dust! Although, I have a feeling I may be picking up the remainder of my squash from the farm this year! I've never made zucchini noodles but I bet it would be good with p-nut sauce and some sauteed veggies! Yes, I may make zucchini pad thai and SOON!! Thanks for the inspiration, Tree!!

  3. You can still plant more zucchini i think. It has a 53-60 days to harvest, so if you plant now you'll be getting more in Sept-Oct. The zucchini noodles are eaten raw, and i've been eating them with fresh pesto or a raw tomato marinara…crushed or chopped raw tomatoes with fresh basil, garlic a bit of EVOO and what ever seasoning you want to add.

  4. sounds awesome!! I think I'm gonna have some tonight!I was planning on replanting, I have to check my dates on all my fall crops. It is suppose to rain tomorrow, so I am hoping to get caught up on some things around here…I have been busy busy busy!!!I just spent 2 hours getting back up to speed on weeding the flower beds and now I am about to tackle my kitchen so I can make a mess of it all over again! hahaha

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