Courgettes originated in Italy and were popular in the Mediterranean region hundreds of years before they became popular in the rest of the western world.

They are members of the summer squash family.

Courgettes are also called zucchini. Usually green-skinned however, 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.

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