Zucchini Day is a day to celebrate one of summer's most delicious vegetables - the zucchini! This day is a great opportunity to learn more about this versatile vegetable, from how to grow it to some of the best ways to enjoy it.
Zucchini is a type of summer squash that is available year-round in most supermarkets. This squash is low in calories and fat, and a good source of vitamins and minerals. Zucchini can be eaten raw, cooked, or as part of a recipe.
How to grow zucchini
Zucchini is easy to grow in warm weather. To get started, you will need some seeds or seedlings, a sunny spot in your garden, and some patience!
Zucchini plants can be started from seed or from seedlings. If you are starting from seed, sow the seeds indoors about six weeks before the last frost date in your area. Once the seedlings have grown to be about four inches tall, they can be transplanted outdoors.
Zucchini plants need full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. Zucchini plants can be spaced about two feet apart when transplanting them outdoors.
Water your zucchini plants regularly, especially during dry periods. Zucchini plants will also benefit from a weekly application of compost or other organic fertilizer.
Once the plants start to flower, you will begin to see zucchini developing. These squash can be harvested when they are six to eight inches long. The best time to harvest zucchini is in the morning, before the heat of the day has a chance to make them too soft.
Enjoying your zucchini
There are so many ways to enjoy zucchini! This versatile vegetable can be used in sweet or savory dishes.
Some ways to enjoy zucchini include:
-sliced and grilled as a side dish
-shredded and added to pancakes or muffins
-sliced and baked into a healthy chips
-spiralized and used in place of pasta
-sliced and added to a salad
No matter how you choose to enjoy your zucchini, have a Happy Zucchini Day!