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It’s that time of year when keen gardeners have way too much zucchini on their hands, and so August 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Those tasty zucchini plants are so rich in produce that even the most hardcore zucchini muncher will struggle to eat it all. With that in mind, this cheeky day is your chance to sneak up your neighbor’s garden path and leave a little surprise for when they open the door.
History of National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
Whilst we now have such an abundance of zucchini that we can afford, and in fact need, a holiday where we sneak it onto our neighbor’s porch, this hasn’t always been the case. It’s believed that zucchinis never really made their way across to the United States until the 1920s, and were brought across by Italians and then cultivated in California.
Zucchinis originated in Italy and have been traced back as far as the 1850s. The first written record of zucchini can be traced back to Milan in 1901. As global travel has increased so has the popularity of the zucchini. It is now used in cooking all across the world.
We’re not sure exactly when the first National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day was celebrated, but we do know that it was the brainchild of Thomas Roy, who also invented National No Socks Day and Humbug Day. He sounds like our kind of guy.
National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day timeline
The first zucchinis grow in northern Italy.
The first published mention of a zucchini appears in Milan.
Italian immigrants bring zucchinis with them to the United States.
Thomas Roy, the inventor of National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, is born.
National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day FAQs
When is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day?
Why do we celebrate National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day?
Because there are so many zucchinis around at that time of year that the sensible thing to do is sneak some onto your neighbor’s porch for them to eat.
What’s in zucchini?
Zucchini has heaps of beneficial nutrients stuffed inside, including fiber, Vitamins C and A, potassium, and folate.
National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day Activities
Sneak some zucchini
Sneaking zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch should be right at the top of your to-do list. Make sure you plan your mission with relentless detail, the last thing you want to do is get caught.
Peek out the window
Seeing your neighbor’s face when they discover that someone has randomly left some zucchini on their porch is the most rewarding part. The best sneakers do it year on year without their neighbor ever figuring out what is going on.
You may have offloaded a portion of your stash to your neighbor, but the reality is that there is plenty more where that came from. Celebrate this special day by tucking into some zucchini yourself.
Zucchini Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
They can grow pretty big.
The largest ever recorded zucchini came in at just under 70 inches long and weighed 65lbs.
It’s potassium heavy.
A zucchini has more potassium than a banana
The darker the skin on a zucchini, the richer the nutrients are.
Small is better.
The zucchinis packing the most flavor are small-to-medium-sized.
An edible flower
For those who really want to waste nothing, you’ll be pleased to know that the flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.
Why We Love National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
It’s good to be giving
It’s always nice to be able to give your neighbor a gift, and when that gift fills their belly it’s even better. Imagine if your neighbor left some zucchini on your porch for you, that’s how you’ve made them feel.
It stops food wastage
We honestly can’t stress enough just how fruitful a zucchini plant is, it really is a challenge to eat it all. We hate to see food go to waste and so sneaking it onto your neighbor’s porch without them seeing you is clearly the next logical step.
Zucchinis are healthy
Zucchini is rich in several vitamins and minerals. It’s one of those foods that you can feast on and not feel guilty afterward.
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