- KNOW YOUR VEG
member of the squash family, the courgette or zucchini
is a summer squash with tender flesh and seeds and
soft edible skin. Courgettes range in size from about
6 cm to 15 cm, and baby courgettes have the sweeter
flavour. As well as the familiar green type, attractive
bright yellow courgettes are also available. When
buying either type, look for small (larger courgettes
tend to have tougher skins), firm courgettes with
smooth unblemished skins and a bright colour. Courgette
flowers can also be eaten they are a rich yellow colour
and can be coated in batter and deep fried or they
can be stuffed and steamed or baked.
How To Use Courgette
can be eaten raw or cooked. Finely chopped or grated
raw courgettes and carrot can be mixed together
and drizzled with French dressing to make a classic
simple salad. Sliced raw courgette can be added
to a green salad. Courgettes can be fried in butter
or steamed and served with lemon juice as a mouthwatering
side dish. They can also be included in tarts, risottos,
pasta sauces and vegetable bakes and are a main
ingredient in the classic Mediterranean vegetable
How To Prepare Courgette
and top and tail courgettes. They do not need peeling.
Slice or cut into even-sized chunks
How To Cook Courgette
can be fried or steamed, the cooking time will depend
on the thickness of the slices or size of the chunks.
To fry courgettes, heat a little butter and olive
oil in a frying pan and add the prepared courgettes,
stir-fry for 5 - 6 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle
with lemon juice and black pepper to serve. To steam
courgettes, place the prepared courgettes in a steamer
and cook for 5 - 8 minutes or until tender.
How To Store Courgette
refrigerated after purchase.
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