Even though we had a large garden every year while I was growing up, for some reason we never planted zucchini.
It wasn't until the year I was 18 that I was first introduced to them.
An elderly woman had passed away in our community and I was supposed to go help with all the food preparations for the meal following the funeral. It involved baking close to a hundred pie.
The woman's daughter-in-law wanted us to make zucchini pie. She dug out a handwritten recipe from her collection in one of her sink drawers, and we got to work. It seemed to take a long time to get all the zucchini peeled, and then grated.
We poured vinegar, brown sugar, and cinnamon over it and spooned it into pie shells. I looked forward to tasting the finished product and was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted just like an apple pie.
After I got married I liked raising zucchini. It has become a favorite for our family, fixed in a wide variety of ways, including mock apple pie.