Picking Zucchini

I am probably being stingy about wanting as much zucchini as possible from one that I pick and I let it get large, but not yellowed or wrinkled.
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Is there a better way to judge when to pick one? I have included an image of one in 13"x9"x2" pan.

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September 27, 20170 found this helpful
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Picking zucchini.

  • The smaller ones about 6 inches are tastier.
  • The more you pick the bigger crop you will get.
  • They should be ready 45 to 55 days after planting.
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September 11, 20171 found this helpful

Sounds like you're harvesting zucchini properly! You can harvest any time at Farmer's Markets they have all sizes! It depends on your preference. :)

Reference: www.thespruce.com/how-to-harvest-zucchini-2540052

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September 11, 20171 found this helpful

The early, small squash (about 6 inches) are the most tender and flavorful, and picking frequently can lead to a larger crop.

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September 13, 20171 found this helpful

I always pick mine before they start to bulge out too much, because I prefer the tenderness of the early ones. I always miss some though so I have a combination of sizes. I find the bigger ones have a more bitter taste so I usually use them in baking.

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If you like the larger ones, no reason not to let them grow as long as you like.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Generally, zucchini growers start picking according to the size of their harvest. If you have a few plants you may want to start with small sizes because you will have too many real fast!

Step 1
I do not always grow my own but when selecting them at the market, I always try for the small to medium because so often the larger size does not have the same nice flavor.

Step 2
Usually recommended zucchini squash harvesting will begin when fruit is 6-8 inches long. Some are still edible at up to a foot long. Usually though, if you wait too long the seeds and rind harden and they are no longer good.

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Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables around so do not discard - find a recipe!

Here is one of my favorite sites so see if you like it too.

allrecipes.com/.../

Here is a link to another information site.

www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../zucchini-squash-harvesting.htm

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