They can be fun to grow and this is the problem.
One vine of properly watered and pollinated zucchini produces enough squash for a family. Grow two vines and you have to call in an army of vegetarians.
Most people accuse the Italians of bringing their zuccas to North America, but this is only partially true. Squash was first cultivated in the Americas before being imported to Europe, even though zucchini itself was developed in Northern Italy in the late 19th century.
Since then, people have been frantically trying to eat it all by frying, breading, grilling, mashing and dipping. But there is always too much zucchini, especially in August when the squash is typically harvested.
One solution: Sneak some onto your neighbors’ porch and run like heck. There is a day for that: Aug. 8th.
Beware. It could happen to you.