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Not another courgette!


by Jane Moore

It's happened at last - I just knew it would! Yes the courgettes glut has begun. It's going to be wall-to-wall courgettes from here on in now.


It's happened at last - I just knew it would! Yes the courgettes glut has begun. It's going to be wall-to-wall courgettes from here on in now. I know I'm not alone in this as Steve in the accounts office at work turned up this week eagerly proffering courgettes to any that would take them.

It's the same every year - for weeks there are none. Every time I'm on the plot I anxiously rummage under the leaves hoping for a little courgette to have for tea but to no avail. And then the rush starts 'cos once they start producing they just don't stop and we can't pick them fast enough. You really need to pick them every other day, if not every day. And if you leave them alone for a whole weekend then they turn into marrows!

CourgettesBefore long I know that courgette fatigue will set in too. Not with me - I love 'em! - but Paul gets bored of them. "They don't really taste of much do they?" and "They're a bit watery," he moans after we've eaten courgettes every night for a week and even I'm craving a nice head of broccoli by way of a change.

To counteract courgette fatigue I have amalgamated various courgette based recipes some of which don't even taste of courgette! I can thoroughly recommend Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's courgette based 'Glutney' which my friend Rachael made in industrial quantities the first year she had an allotment and planted rather too many courgettes. Check out Hugh's Guardian column for lots of courgette ideas including 'Glutney'. And Sophie Grigson's courgette risotto is next on my recipe list - her roasted marrow spiced with cumin is the perfect way to use up the ones that got away!



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Gardeners' World Web User 22/08/2007 at 22:16

Do you find gardening is an excellent way to sample other's home-baking, I wonder? I certainly do. The link to the garden blog below details - amongst other things, gardening included -the possibility of blueberry muffins on offer tomorrow. The life o a jobbing gardener, eh? rambling bloke blog

Gardeners' World Web User 23/08/2007 at 08:49

We all experience gluts of courgettes. I just love eating them steamed with nothing on (the courgettes have nothing on - not me). This year I have planted a late crop. The 2nd crop are just starting to produce courgettes now. They should last into the Autumn. Yum

Gardeners' World Web User 23/08/2007 at 15:47

Mine are going crazy now too, last night we had courgette lasagne!

Gardeners' World Web User 23/08/2007 at 23:23

As a very much newbie gardener I am finally seeing the fruits of my labour, and I cannot believe just how much I have grown! I highly recommend growing courgettes to anyone who is new to growing veg!

Gardeners' World Web User 23/08/2007 at 23:23

As a very much newbie gardener I am finally seeing the fruits of my labour, and I cannot believe just how much I have grown! I highly recommend growing courgettes to anyone who is new to growing veg!

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