A zinger of a zucchini
Friday, September 12, 2008 | 02:01 PM ET
by Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca
The New York Daily News recently featured a profile of Apollonia Castitlione, a Queens gardener who grew a whopper of a zucchini measuring six feet long.
Castitlione, who has kept a garden for more than two decades, attributed the monster growth to a little fertilizer, water and good luck.
"I've had my vegetable garden for 26 years, but I never saw anything so spectacular," Castitlione told the U.S. daily.
The largest zucchini spanning 7 feet, 10 inches was grown in India in 2005, according to the paper.
After reading this article, I thought of the vegetable displays at my local fall fair, where enormous and sometimes misshapen veggies sit proudly behind glass display cases pinned with blue, red and gold ribbons.
This year's harvest, after a soggy summer, may not break any local records if the non-prize winning crab apples on my tree are any indication of growth.
Still, it's a marvel to see these gargantuan veggies proof of a vigilant gardener and a fruitful growing summer season now over.
Have you ever grown a prize-winning or extraordinarily large vegetable? Tell us how you grew your giant fruit or veggie.
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Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
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Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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