Allow me to introduce the "8-Ball" Zucchini. When I saw these at our favorite farmstand, I just had to pick them up. I'd just been reading that morning about a lemon cucumber on food-photographer, Adriana Mullen's blog and found it strangely interesting that these oh-so-familiar vegetables appear to have variations. The lemon cucumber apparently got it's name because its size and shape resembled that of a lemon, although its flavor is all cucumber, according to Adriana. Mike, the farmstand owner, told us that the 8-ball zucchini got its name because it resembles an 8-ball in pool when you look at it from the bottom. Despite all appearances, this zucchini tastes identical to its slender cousins.
Mike recommended steaming these round little fellas slightly, scooping out the center and stuffing them, or coring them and stuffing them for baking. Stuffing? Cold (after steaming and bringing the zucchini shells to room temperature): Shrimp salad, tomato quinoi salad, or Israeli Couscous. Hot: mushroom bread stuffing, herb-rice stuffing, or anything with cheese. At the end of the day, we sliced them, brushed them with olive oil and grilled them. They behaved and tasted just like the regular zucchini - delicious.