~ 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.)
A note about plant sizes, that not everyone realises:
Some are big sprawling vines, others are smaller bushes.
But in general you get a set amount of produce per square foot of plant,
so there's no free lunch (or dinner) - if you want loads of courgettes
you need to plant up several square yards of plants.
We would normally grow about 5 or 6 plants for our own use, which
is why we give you at least 10 seeds.
But then, we like courgettes a lot, so you might only want to grow 3 or 4.
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
Trieste White is a Cousa-type courgette from the Middle East.
The bushes are very quick growing and make short, chubby, slightly bulbous white courgettes. (Well, really a very, very pale green rather than ‘white’.)
We prefer Cousa 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
This is a good early courgette which makes lots of pale green fruit.
They have very gentle ridges along their length in the style of the courgettes grown in the North of Italy. 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 almost perfectly spherical. Very productive, with pretty fruits which look good on the plant and on the plate.
Most of the round courgettes available are very pale , but these are a nice glossy dark green colour, which helps them absorb a bit more heat. 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 big and sprawling - so better for the larger plot - but then they make an awful lot of courgettes.
Dark green, round courgette
Order CoTP - 14 seed £
~ Seed for OTHER TYPES of SUMMER SQUASH ~
Summer squash are grown and cooked just like courgettes. They have a slightly nuttier flavour, and offer a whole new range of different shapes & colours.
To avoid any confusion, just as with courgettes, you should pick these plants regularly, and pick all these squash when they are small, only a couple of inches across. The plants rapidly make more! (Otherwise you will end up with - for example - the patty-pan equivalent of a marrow!)
'Pattison Blanc' Patty Pan Squash
Patty-pan squash are flattened, saucer-shaped courgettes.
This old French heirloom produces white saucer-shaped 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!
Order SSPB - 14 seed £