Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening

Black Beauty

June 30th, 2012

My Black Beauty Zucchini plant is huge and full of flowers but as far as I could tell, had yet to yield any fruit!  So yesterday morning, I set out to have a really good look and see if I could at least find some baby zucchini.  I parted the leaves and stuck my face into the center of the plant in search of any sign.  Lo and behold, in the midst of the flowers and stems, I discovered two very large Black Beauties!

The zucchinis were so tangled up in the stems I had a hard time with the harvest!  I finally wrestled them both out of the jungle and WOW! What beauties indeed!

What to do with two huge zucchini!?

“To the Internet!” I cried!

After a good bit of surfing, I determined that I would try my hand at baking with shredded zucchini.  I decided on Frosted Zucchini Brownies and Zucchini Gingerbread.

I had no clue how to properly shred zucchini so I found an eHow video online and let professional chef Jeff Robinson show me how.

Boy, it sure looked tasty.  I considered, albeit briefly, putting it on a salad or sandwich instead!

The brownies turned out pretty well although I had my doubts about the dry and crumbly “batter”.  Fortunately, the frosting was a cure all!  The gingerbread, true to its name,  had a texture that was very gingerbready.  I had hoped it would be more like banana or pumpkin bread but Bruce, a big fan of anything with “ginger” in the title, said he liked it just fine.

This morning, I was surprised to find another Black Beauty and a summer squash ripe for the picking!

After yesterday’s baking spree, I thought I’d try to do something a little more healthy with them this time.  So I shredded them as previously instructed, squeezed as much moisture out of them as I could, put a tortilla on the griddle,  topped it with the zucchini/squash mixture, black beans, corn, and cheese and presto chango:  I had a delicious vegetarian quesadilla for my lunch!

Now for one of those brownies…



  • Denise says on: June 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm


    Wow! Everything looks so good. Who knew zucchini was so versatile. Good job Farmer Tricia!

  • Heather Chapman says on: June 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm


    I am loving this! Now I can garden vicariously! I lookk forward to reading more of your gardening adventures. Cheerio!

  • Renee Gallup says on: July 6, 2012 at 1:16 am


    I have two favorite zucchini recipes. I’ll try to get them sent to you soon!

  • Deb says on: July 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm


    oh, yum on the quesadilla! I have a friend who makes amazing chocolate cake using shredded zucchini – Let me see if I can get it from her… unless, by chance (hahahahahahahahaHAH!!!) you have run out of zucchini, 😉

    • Patricia says on: July 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm


      I like the sounds of “amazing chocolate cake”! I’d love the recipe because you are oh so right about there being a bounty of zucchini!

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Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening