Zucchini Skin Reaction
As you know, my zucchini crop this year has been wildly successful. I’ve made batch after batch of zucchini bread, zucchini puree, shredded zucchini to freeze, you name it.
Last weekend, I decided it was time to deal with the three large zucchini on the counter. So I began peeling and cutting them up to make puree (in case you’re curious, I use it as an oil substitute in baked goods. Works great!).
Everything was going fine, until I began to notice my fingers and hands feeling dry. Extremely dry. I washed them, but that didn’t seem to help. I put on lotion. They were still dry. And now, they were flaky, too! What was going on here?
I did some research, and found out that others have had the same zucchini skin reaction. Apparently, it’s a type of contact dermatitis caused by something in the zucchini. Thankfully, after a few hours I was able to peel the gunk away and all was well. I’ve worked with zucchini for years and never had this happen before, so I assume that this time it’s because I spent an extended time with three large ones.
How about you? Have you ever had a strange skin rash or reaction after peeling a bunch of zucchini?