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Courgettes, courgettes and more courgettes.

Kate Saunders | 6th August 2019

If you’ve ever planted a courgette plant you know how many courgettes you get in return.

I’m going to give you a fabulous tip for keeping courgettes

But, we don’t just plant one courgette plant do we!! It tends to be at least 4 to 6 plants, and if looked after well, they produce an abundance of courgettes.  I so often hear, ‘what can I do with all these courgettes’ – they’re in pasta sauces, we’ve had them in stir fries, in salads, we are giving them away.



In the last few years we have seen spiralized courgetti, and now seeing more recipes for courgette flowers.  These summer squashes are so versatile.

Did you know ……..  Courgette is technically a fruit, although it is treated and widely referred to as a vegetable.


In North America, Italy and Australia courgettes are known as ‘zucchini’, which comes from the Italian ‘zucchina’, meaning ‘small squash’ whereas we have adopted the French term, courge meaning squash.  Courgettes are related to melons, cucumbers and squashes.  We have the Italians in the 19th century to thank for the courgettes we have today, however, they have been enjoyed for over 7,000 years by the South Americans, where they originated from

Random fact ……. Zucchini is the only fruit/vegetable that starts with Z

When choosing your courgettes, t is best to choose small to medium sized courgettes.  The darker the skin, the richer the nutrients, in fact they have more potassium than a banana.  Courgette flowers can often be found on the menus of French or Italian restaurants. Smaller flowers are given a tempura treatment (fried in a light batter); larger flowers are typically stuffed with tomatoes and herbs or goat’s cheese.


Top tip for keeping courgettes


Grating and freezing them, yep freezing them.  I know what you are thinking; we can’t freeze courgettes they go all watery.  Yes, they do go a little watery, but with a cheeky little squeeze they are fabulous in cakes, it doesn’t matter what they look like.

Over the next month I will be talking all about courgettes on our social media

I will be sharing a great recipe with you

I will show you how to freeze and squeeze

Keep tuned and if there are any questions please ask


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