I was sent some seeds of a Maltese zucchini called qarabali. I've never grown zucchini before, but with free seed I thought I'd give it a shot. On Friday it made its first female flower, which I hand fertilized with a male flower, and by Sunday this was here to greet me!
By Wednesday it was time to pick it. Pretty fast turnaround.
As you can see, qarabali is a round zucchini made for stuffing. So that's what I did! After reading a few recipes for inspiration I had a go without a recipe. Shallots, pumpkin, the insides of the zucchini and some raisins along with couscous and Moroccan spices. Not all the stuffing fit so I ate the rest as a side dish.
It was pretty tasty if I do say so myself. The zucchini itself is very mild, almost like a cucumber, so it's better with the stuffing. Now if I'm lucky, I'll have a massive glut of them before long, zucchini is notorious for either never setting fruit or setting more than you could possibly eat.