~ Seed for COURGETTES & SUMMER SQUASH ~
Some really good traditional varieties do still exist, and these are the best we have found.
(NB: "Summer squash" are picked young and used just like courgettes but are different shapes & colours.)
We would normally grow about 5 plants for our own use, which
is why we give you at least 10 seeds.
(always sow more than you need to allow for losses to pests and toddlers)
TIP: Mice love courgette seed, and slugs love the baby plants. The seed will also germinate best with a bit of heat,
so we recommend sowing indoors in small pots, then planting out when they have 3 true leaves. Don't rush to sow - often
plants that go out slightly later will catch up and do much better than earlier plantings battered by spring storms.
White Cousa Courgette
Cousa-type courgettes are originally from the Middle East with short, chubby, slightly bulbous white fruit. (Well, really a very, very pale green rather than ‘white’.)
We prefer courgettes like this one, as they fruit earlier and more heavily than normal courgettes, and the fruit stay tender to a greater size.
Early, high production , particularly good flavour and texture
Order CoTW - 14 seed £
'Verde di Italia' Pale Green Ribbed Courgette
A good early courgette which makes lots of pale green fruit.
They have very gentle ridges along their length; we like them because their flesh is very tender and particularly finely-flavoured.
Order CoVi - 14 seed £
'Verde di Milano' Dark Green Dwarf Bush Courgette
This is a small bush (not a vine), making medium-sized very dark green (almost black) courgettes.
Because it is smaller plant it is a good choice for those of you with a tiny plot ( and also for all those with a huge plot who are just always hopelessly over-optimistic about how many different things can be squeezed in!)
We like to eat our courgettes picked small and fried with garlic - delicious.
Order CoVM - 14 seed £
'Striato d'Napoli' Courgette
A good early courgette from Italy. Big bushy plants giving lots of long, pretty fruit with alternating light and dark green stripes.
Perfectly smooth and round in cross-section, and the flesh doesn't go as 'soft' when cooked as other courgettes do. We like it a lot: very productive, but it doesn't sprawl too much, so it's a good choice if you have a small plot.
Early & stripey. Large bush but not too sprawling!
Order CoSN - 14 seed £
'Tondo di Piacenza' Courgette
An early courgette which is spherical. Very productive, with pretty fruits which look good on the plant and on the plate. Definitely worth a try if you fancy something a little bit different.
Kate would like to point out that we have actually found one small flaw with these. Because they're round, if you try to carry a huge armful all at once, it's very easy to lose control and end up with them rolling away in all directions! The bushes are also very sprawling - so better for the larger plot - but then they make an awful lot of courgettes.
Dark green, round courgette
Order CoTP - 14 seed £
The bushes are quite compact, producing large numbers of bright yellow courgettes.
Good flavour. Best picked 8-10 inches long.
Order CoGZ - 12 seed £
Summer squash are grown and cooked just like courgettes. They have a slightly nuttier flavour, and a whole range of different shapes & colours.
To avoid any confusion, just as with courgettes, you should pick all these squash when they are small; the plants rapidly make more. (Otherwise you will end up with - for example - the patty-pan equivalent of a marrow!)
Patty-pan squash are flattened, saucer-shaped courgettes. This old French heirloom produces white fruit, which are cut when young (about 3 inches across) and cooked or fried just like a courgette.
The flavour is a little richer and more substantial than courgettes, with a slight 'nutty' taste. Very popular each year, they can be quite prolific indeed in a good summer.
Saucer-shaped white courgette! Pick when small.
Order SSPB - 14 seed £