Some call them Zucchini, some call them Courgettes.
Where I’m from most people call them Courgettes, but perhaps due to my Italian heritage, I’ve always called them Zucchini.
Either way, we’re talking about the same thing.
And mine are growing!!
The first year I grew Zuchinni I didn’t know what to expect. I had never grown them before having been put off them by the large watery rounds my mother used to cook up, and didn’t think I would bother with them myself.
Then a friend had spare plants and I decided to take one, because ………well, I could.
I planted it outdoors and it absolutely thrived!!
It grew HUGE and put out 2-3 Zucchini every single day.
I was struggling with how to deal with them all and we ended up eating Zucchini fritters every other night, made Courgette and Pepper Relish (for the locals to recognise), which was a total hit in our neighborhood and had people knocking on the door looking for more and added it into cakes and muffins for a hit of vege even when eating sweet.
The next year, I decided to plant another Zucchini plant, but this time in the greenhouse.
It was a dismal failure.
We got hardly any produce from it, and it fell victim to powdery mildew before we ripped it out to reclaim the space.
Zucchini/Courgette don’t set a lot of fruit in both wet, warm conditions, or when the bees can’t get access to the beautiful yellow flowers they need to pollinate.
I should have known this.
But I learnt my lesson, and this years plant (we only plant one to cope with the load) is back outdoors, and doing fabulously!
This plant is an Italian Black Zucchini. I picked it up at a market so that I could get a new seed variety from the plants I have used previously.
The secret with Zucchini is to pick the fruit (yes, it is a fruit) before it gets too big. I like to pick ours when they’re just a little bigger than finger size, when they’re not filled with water.
And the more you pick, the more you get so it’s a good idea to keep on top of them.
Zucchini plants are pretty hardy usually, and as long as they get regular water and plenty of sunlight, they will happily produce for you.
So, Zucchini or Courgette, it’s worth growing this fruit if you haven’t before. It’s so easy, and with the right conditions you get a great return for a small investment of time.