What are courgettes?
Courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it’s from the same family as squash, cucumber and melon. It’s one of the most popular in the squash family, being extremely versatile, tender and easy to cook. Don’t just boil them! They have a deep green skin with firm pale flesh and are also known as zucchini.
How to prepare courgette
Courgettes don’t need peeling. Slice off each end and prepare as the recipe directs. They can even be sliced thinly and eaten raw as a great snack.
How to cook courgette
It’s best not to boil them, as they become mushy and lose their flavour very quickly. Instead try lightly fry in butter or some Norfolk rapeseed oil and a small amount of water. You can also roast them until tender and lightly golden to intensify their favour, or marinate and BBQ or griddle until charred and soft. Enjoy them in a stir-fry, curry or fried in a light batter, they have to be one of the most versatile vegetables going.
These are available in Norfolk for a very small part of the year. When these are not in season in Norfolk we have to source from Spain.
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