It is only June 5th and we are already picking bunches of giant zucchini. I suppose it is the coloring of the zucchini or the location of the zucchini plants, but I have trouble finding them before they grow enormous. Today we picked three giant zucchini and one big zucchini. The zucchini I have bought at the stores are babies compared to these guys.
The first zucchini was sauteed for dinner, the second two were shredded up for zucchini bread and muffins and the last one was picked to make chocolate zucchini cake.
The zucchini bread/muffin recipe is from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. The zucchini chocolate cake recipe was from the a blog here: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/000621chocolate_zucchini_cake.php
The bread is for a cookout tomorrow, but we were able to sample the muffins tonight. They were really good, with a nice crisp top and moist inside. I think they needed a little less sugar, hubby says they need a sugar drizzle glaze.
Today we picked 3.9 lbs of produce from the garden. 1 big patty pan squash, a handful of green beans and Italian flat beans and four zucchini. Starting June 2nd, I decided to weigh the produce as it comes into the kitchen. Our food grade scale has a temporary home near the sink for this very purpose. I missed the first month or so of early harvest, but I do hope to keep weighing produce as it is picked. It will be a neat way to record how the garden does this year.
The tops of the potatoes have started to die back, which means harvest time is soon. The tomatoes have also totally outgrown the cages and several tipped over during our last rain. This happens every year, so I was ready to support them with 6 foot t-posts. The garden has passed the pretty point and is now getting down to business producing lots of veggies.