Courgettes are also called zucchini. Usually green-skinned and yellow-skinned varieties are available. Courgettes are at their best when 16-20 cm long. They grow on the plant behind a yellow flower. If they are picked small, the flower may be still attached. Rarely seen for sale because they are so difficult to transport, the flower attached to the courgette is highly prized and it is often stuffed and served in restaurant meals.
All year; however main season is October - April.
Refrigerate in plastic bags. Use promptly.
How to prepare
Courgettes and scallopini are very versatile and easy to prepare. Trim the stalk end off, slice and eat raw or cooked. There is no need to peel them.
Ways to eat
Slice across the courgette for stir fries and halve or slice into strips for char grilling or barbecues. Courgettes can be grated or finely chopped and used in salads, flans or quiches. Like carrots they make moist cakes and breads.
Bake, braise, grill/char grill/barbecue, microwave, roast, steam, stew, stir fry, stuff.