Colour: Green to dark green, although you can also find yellow (or ‘golden’) varieties
In season: June to September
Grow me: Courgettes can be planted from late March to the beginning of summer and are best kept in a sunny spot with plenty of water. The plant will be ready for its first harvest after about eight weeks and, if picked regularly, will continue to produce vegetables throughout its season.
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Remember to ask an adult's permission before experimenting with any courgette ideas!
Courgettes are very versatile – they can be used in many types of food. However, to get really creative, why not test your master skills with a stuffed courgette boat? Start by cutting a courgette in half (lengthways) and scooping out the centre. Next, chop up the scooped-out courgette and mix it with your choice of filling (pizza toppings, bolognaise, vegetables, onion, garlic, or other herbs and spices). Spoon the filling back into the courgette and top it off with cheese ready to be baked in the oven.
The variations on this dish are endless, but how about adding some finishing touches after cooking to make your boat come to life? Using cocktail sticks, you can set up sails with lettuce leaves, make a crew with baby carrots, or add a slice of cucumber for a wheel – you can go as crazy as you like!
The courgette’s simple flavour makes it a great food to replace other ingredients – a vegetable master of disguise! Why don’t you try your hand at a courgette burger or some trendy courgetti (courgette spaghetti)? You can make your own courgetti using a kitchen tool called a spiralizer or with a food grater. You can also simply cut the courgette very thinly by hand (though you should never attempt this without the help of an adult).