What are Courgettes?


If you know what zucchinis are, then you would know what courgettes are because they are the same thing.

Courgette (sometimes called vegetable marrow) is what the British and Kiwis call zucchini, a fruit that is almost always used as a vegetable.  It is a member of the squash family with soft flesh and edible skin.

This summer squash is known and loved in dishes such as ratatouille.  But they are versatile and can be fried, steamed, blanched or used in soups.  They can be included in tarts and risottos and even be eaten raw in salads.

Courgettes have a mild taste and can also be used as a dessert or baked as a spicy bread.

It comes in a variety of shapes and colors.  But you would be most likely familiar with the green, elongated ones—something similar to how a cucumber looks like.

Inside, it has a pale flesh.  Mature courgettes have visible seeds and pith but baby courgettes have yet to form them.  Immature courgettes have firmer flesh and sweeter taste.

The yellow flowers of courgettes can also be eaten.  They can be coated in batter before being deep fried or they can also be stuffed with meat before being steamed or baked.

Courgettes have a long season.  Unlike other members of the squash family which are seasonal, courgettes are available throughout the year.