Zucchini: tricks for a rich harvest

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Today's zucchini varieties have been created by breeding from a subspecies of garden squash. Hence the name: Zucchini is Italian and means something like "small pumpkins" (the pumpkin is called "zucco" in Italian). By the way, "zucchini" is the plural. A zucchini fruit should therefore strictly speaking "zucchino" hot. The Duden admits both words for the singular - and even the Germanized plural "Zucchinis", which is also incorrectly speaking incorrectly.

Like all cucurbits, zucchini also carry male and female flowers on a plant. The female flowers have shorter stems and show below the petals a short thickening, the so-called ovary. This results in the Zuchini after fertilization. The long-stemmed male flowers are usually formed before the female.
Zucchini usually bear so much fruit that a family of four is already well supplied with one to two plants. In some years, however, the plants form many flowers, but produce little fruit. In addition, the few young fruits often begin to rot quickly and dissolve in the juvenile stage of the mother plant.

Zucchini plant

Zucchini: Fruits between 10 and 20 centimeters in length have the best flavor

Manually toast zucchinis

The cause of these problems is usually inadequate fertilization of the female flowers. A weak fruit formation is mostly weather-related and occurs especially in cool, wet summers. This affects particularly warm-loving zucchini varieties. The solution: Pick a fully developed male flower, remove the petals and brush with the stamens over the scars of the female flowers. As soon as the ovaries swell and the petals begin to wither after successful fertilization, you should remove them. Reason: The petals are in damp weather main entrance doors for mushroom pathogens, which then spread to the young, still soft fruits.

It is also important to have an even supply of water and nutrients, because under stress, zucchini increasingly produce male flowers. Robust varieties with reliable fruiting such as 'Dundoo' or the climbing courgettes 'Black Forest' are best suited for growing in cooler, rainier regions.

Zucchini fruits

A zucchino rarely comes alone. Probably the name stands in the majority because the pumpkin fruit is above average productive

The sowing of zucchini is possible in the spring until the end of May. Do not wait too long with the harvest, because the fruits have the best flavor when they are about 10 to 20 centimeters long and their skin is still thin and soft. Depending on the sowing time, you can harvest the first courgettes from mid-June.
At the latest, when all the neighbors are generously gifted with fruits, one must ask oneself, which use one finds for the rich harvest. Since nothing tastes better than vegetables from their own garden, creative recipes are needed during the Zucchini-Schwemme, so that no boredom arises at the dining table. Fortunately, zucchini is one of the most versatile local vegetables and offers something for every taste. Whether grilled, fried, baked, as a soup, filled or as an ingredient of pasta sauces, vegetarian or even as a cake.

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