National Zucchini Day — August 8

Actually, today’s food holiday is even more specific than that, it’s National SNEAK SOME ZUCCHINI INTO YOUR NEIGHBOR’S PORCH DAY.

Huh? Yep, you read that correctly. Zucchini grows in abundance and is ready for harvest in August. As gardeners know — but the rest of us may not — zucchini is a fruit that absolutely explodes late summer. Just one zucchini plant can produce up to 10 pounds of zucchini over the course of a growing season, which leads not only to the day honoring not just this tasty and nutritious fruit, but the aggressive sharing thereof!

But why are zucchini so prolific?

To start with, zucchini are incredibly easy to grow. They love hot summers, can live healthily in almost any soil, and require minimal maintenance. Plus a flourishing zucchini plant will produce plenty of flowers for pollination by our friendly neighborhood bees.

And zucchini production is cyclical, which means a single plant can act a bit like the mythical Hydra: If you remove one head (er, zucchini), another will grow in its place.

The younger, more tender plants are far more delicious than the gargantuan specimens, but they are all low in calories, high in fiber, and full of water, which makes them supremely suited to the overwhelming heat of summer. Grow it, buy it, procure it in some way — make sure to include plenty of zucchini in your summer menu!