Synonyms / homonyms: zucchini, courgette,
Common names: summer squash, baby marrow
Where to Grow Zucchini / Courgettes?
Courgettes / Zucchinis are easy to grow and are known as bush type - part of the marrow family
Courgettes like a rich loamy soil so make sure you dig in lots of compost.
If you want to start from seed trying sowing up to three seeds per pot in spring time (Southern Hemisphere - September : Northern Hemisphere - March). A month later you can plant these in a bed prepared by turning over at least 75cm deep so there is lots of drainage. Make sure you use the strongest looking plant and dispose of any spindly weak ones that haven't come away properly
Allow about 1 metre spacing and if you are using a raised bed it's a good idea to put the courgette in the corner so they can trail over the side .
If you have a good liquid seaweed fertiliser this can be applied during the season and will keep the fruits tender.
Keep your courgettes well watered. This will help prevent the production of curcurbitacins which is bitter and toxic.
Courgette - Zucchini's Culinary Uses
Mellow flavour that can be used in salads or cooked dishes. The flowers can be stuffed and baked or deep fried after dipping in a tempura batter.
Nutrition of Zucchini - Courgette
Courgettes have folate, potassium and provitamin A.