How Much Does Zucchini Cost?
Zucchini is one of the easiest things to grow and will provide you with what seems like an endless supply. If you do not want to grow it yourself and want to purchase it at a local store, the costs will depend on the store, the time of year, and the size of the vegetable.
How much does it cost?
- On average, plan on spending around $1 to $2 per pound at the local grocery store. The costs will depend on the store, the time of year and geographical location.
- For example, FoodCoop.com, a coop pricing website, claims that the average price should be around $1.25 per pound.
What is going to be included?
- Grocery stores can often package it in little foam-trays and cover with plastic paper wrap. Otherwise, it will be out in the open, where you can pick and choose which one you want to take home.
- On average, a zucchini, also referred to as a summer squash, is going to be around eight inches in length. However, some can grow as large as three feet. The zucchini matures at eight inches and can be picked any time after.
- For every 100 grams, a zucchini has 15 calories. It contains folate, potassium, vitamin A and manganese.
What are the extra costs?
- Often, it will need some sort of supportive dish and ingredients what will, of course, require more money. Zucchini is often served boiled, grilled, barbecued or fried. It goes great with butter, garlic, herbs or olive oil.
- Certain market conditions, such as a hard frost, can throw off the prices zucchini and other vegetables.
Tips to know
- It is never recommended that commercial pesticides be used in a garden where this vegetable grows. The greenhouse environment eliminates many of the pests associated with zucchini. By adding ladybird beetles to your greenhouse, you will be able to eliminate the pest problem. Another living thing to consider are honey bees. These will facilitate the pollination of your plants.
- Zucchini has many uses and adding it to your garden will not create a lot of work once you have all the elements in place. Keeping the temperature steadily at eighty, providing enough light, nutrients and taking care of the pollination and pest control are the essential elements to harvesting a large zucchini crop.
- Zucchini grows best in temperatures around eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike many other plants, this temperature cannot be lowered at night. With that being said, gro-lights and a hydroponic garden are ideal for those who are considering growing these plants. First, zucchini requires 14 hours of light per day for optimum growth. While they can get by with less, your crops will be smaller and individual fruits will not grow as large with less light.
- There are so many ways to cook zucchini and eat it as you pick it. Try sauteing it in a little bit of olive oil with a dash of pepper. Adding some onion or yellow squash (also a prolific producer in home gardens) is also very good. Chances are, however, that you have already been eating it like this. Vegetable quesadillas are a favorite for many. Chop the zucchini and onion up small, saute like above; then put it on a tortilla, top with whatever cheese you have on hand and another quesadilla. Heat on a griddle until the cheese melts and you have a very good dinner. You can also add whatever other veggies you have on hand – tomatoes are a favorite of many.
How can I save money?
- Try to buy zucchini during the peak season. This is usually during the summer months.
- Making zucchini bread is a great way to use up zucchini. And you can even eat it for breakfast! You can make zucchini bread and freeze it for future meals, or you can just grate the zucchini and freeze in the correct portions to make zucchini bread later. Did you know that you can even put grated zucchini in cakes? Speaking of freezing zucchini, you can freeze cubed zucchini in 2 cup portions to make cream of zucchini soup in the winter.
- If all else fails and your neighbors do not want any more free zucchini, you can let it grow to very large sizes on the vine. Once it is a baseball bat size, you can paint it or carve it like a pumpkin and use it for Halloween decorations.
- Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for promotions and sales at your local store.
- Ask your neighbors. If they have a garden and they grow this type of vegetable, you would be amazed at how much they probably have.
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