Also known as Zucchini
Zucchini, also known as courgette, is a summer squash from the Cucurbitaceae plant family which also includes other foods such as melons, spaghetti squash, and cucumbers. Although courgettes are often considered a vegetable, they are in fact botanically classified as a fruit. There are several varieties of courgettes, which range in colour from deep yellow to dark green.
Courgettes are an ample source of vitamin A, helping to support your vision and immune system. They also contain significant amounts of vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese.
Courgettes can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques, including steaming, boiling, grilling, stuffing and baking, barbecuing, frying, or incorporating them into other recipes such as soufflés.
To store courgettes, keep them in the fridge. They keep best when stored whole, dry and unwashed. If you want to keep them fresh for longer, try storing them in a plastic or paper bag with one end open (to encourage air circulation). They'll keep there for 1 to 2 weeks, though you'll probably see the skin start to shrivel over time
This month's Courgettes from Keeling's Select comes from Denise Buckley in St Margaret’s, Co Dublin.