Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

The Biggest Zucchini in the World

juillet 26

I often see reports in local newspapers or on television which showcase a gardener with an exceptionally large zucchini. Everyone seems amazed by its large size and the grower appears very happy indeed. However, that is actually nothing unusual: any zucchini will grow to an an enormous size if it is not harvested at the right time.

 That’s because the zucchini is usually grown as summer squash, therefore designed to be harvested and eaten when tt is small and juicy a thin skin. If the fruit is allowed to ripen too much, it becomes mealier and loses much of its sweetness, its seeds develop and have to be scooped out and the skin thickens and needs to be peeled off. It remains edible, but…

So if you want to try for a world-record zucchini, go ahead and lets yours grow. But if you grow zucchini squash in order to eat them, you really out to harvest them when they are immature, about 6 to 7 inches (15-17 cm) long!


Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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