Did the zucchini in your garden blow up to an enormous size? It can happen in what seems like an instant, and that can definitely make you feel like you don’t have a green thumb! Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out when to harvest vegetables grown in our summer garden. Some fruits and vegetables make it easy to know when it’s ripe (like a raspberry), but others, like the zucchini are a little more difficult. Hopefully this will serve as a little ripeness guide for your late summer zucchini.
Summer squashes like yellow squash and zucchini are at their best when they are just 4 inches long. Their skin is gorgeous green and shiny. Let them grow bigger and you have a monster on your hands that is well beyond it’s peak and doesn’t taste very good. In fact, always pick zucchini young and plenty more will follow. When they are perfect for picking, zucchini will feel firm, heavy for it’s size and have a bight, healthy, green skin. Discard those with dull or hard skin, an oversize body, or a dry stem…they are best left to your compost pile!