Google Trends shows spike in ‘zucchini’ searches. Here are some ideas for your abundance

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Summer at the farmers market often means an abundance of summer squash like zucchini. Place the unwashed zucchini in an open paper or plastic bag, then store it in the crisper drawer for one to two weeks.

If you have more squash than you can handle before it goes bad, try freezing it. Wash and slice the zucchini into rounds, then blanch it in boiling water for one minute. Drain and cool the zucchini, then keep it in the freezer for up to three months. A quicker method is to simply shred the squash and freeze it in a vacuum-sealed bag. Large quantities of the vegetable can be used later for breads, casseroles, soups, and homemade veggie burgers or pancakes.

SPOKANE, Wash. – About this time every year, more people start searching the word “zucchini” on Google. 

The five-year outlook from Google Trends shows a spike every August, which lines up with the time zucchini start growing like crazy in home gardens. 

Zucchini Google Trends

A deeper look at Google Trends shows that Idaho ranks third among the 50 states for most searches and Washington ranks ninth. 

If you’re one of those people trying to find what to do with your abundant harvest, we’re here to help! 

Here are some ideas that aren’t zucchini bread: 

Grilled Zucchini Panini 

This recipe from Fine Cooking calls for two large zucchini, olive oil, whole-milk ricotta, lemon zest and thick-sliced sourdough. 

Zucchini Parmesan

Think eggplant parmesan, but swapped with zucchini. This dish is extra crispy and baked with layers of marinara and mozzarella. 

Four-Ingredient Zucchini Tater Tots

All you need for this recipe is potatoes, zucchini, salt and olive oil. 

Cheddar Zucchini Biscuits

The perfect side dish for any summer meal! 

Zucchini Brownies

Don’t discount this one. It’s a great way to get in your veggies while also eating dessert. 

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