Zucchini, correctly spelled with an h, is botanically a fruit, same identity crisis as the tomato. The zucchini is low in calories, approximately 15 food calories per 100 gm. Fresh zucchini contains useful amounts of folate (24 mcg/100 g), potassium (280 mg/100 g) and vitamin A (115 mcg]/100 g). 1/2 cup of zucchini also contains 19% of the recommended daily amount of Manganese. What a relief. It is actually good for us.
What do I do with it? Here is what some people have done. They bake, broil, fry, dry, sauté, grate, grill, carve, freeze, beat, juice, mingle, mangle, mince, fricassee, goggle, dip and compost it. You can leave it on your neighbor’s doorstep and run like the wind. Chink a log cabin, disguise it to look like a cake, substitute it for carrots, apples or pumpkins in a recipe. Nuke it. I am thinking about building a house with it.
Better yet you can donate it to local food banks and homeless shelters, local contact info below. Only one question remains. What can’t you do with it? Making zucchini pancakes, ice cream and mixing it with chocolate just seems mean.
Donation centers: Good place to start: http://www.slofoodbank.org/
Telephone # 805-238-4664
SLO Harvest Bag Zion Lutheran Church
1010 Foothill (Foothill & Santa Rosa)
543-8327 9:30 – 10:30
SLO God’s Storehouse RLDS Church,
(Sydney & Johnson)
(Church of the Nazarene) 544-8925
SLO Brown Bag
(Age 60 & older) Senior Center
1445 Santa Rosa
SLO Commodities Program
USDA Food Distribution Salvation Army
1445 Santa Rosa Street
SLO Grass Roots II
11545 Los Osos Valley Rd., Ste. A-1
544-2333 10:00 –
SLO EOC Homeless Shelter
750 Orcutt Way
Thank you Matt Lombardini for this list. http://transitioncalifornia.ning.com/profile/MattLombardini