Franco Martorana claims to grow the longest zucchinis in Burnaby – and it’s hard to imagine he’s wrong.
The five-foot-plus long vegetables serve as the centrepiece to his lush garden brimming on each side of his driveway in North Burnaby.
So how do they get so big?
“I’ve got a trick,” he explains.
He manually pollinates the flowers to ensure a good harvest.
“You have to to kiss them,” he says.
The end result is a bounty of delicious zucchinis that can be served in soup, fried or boiled and topped with olive oil and black pepper – “Ahh, that’s the best,” he says.
Martorana also claims the vegetables have medicinal properties.
“It’s good to clean the system.”