The children have been enjoying harvesting courgettes from our vegetable patch this month, so we thought we’d share some courgette facts with you all together with a recipe from Tor, which you could try cooking with your little ones at home!
- Courgettes originated in Italy and were popular in the Mediterranean region hundreds of years before they became popular in the western world.
- The name ‘courgette’ originated in France however other countries refer to them as ‘zucchini’, which originated in Italy.
- Courgettes are at their best when about 16 – 20 cm long however can grow to up to 1 meter in length.
- The courgette is a summer squash which belongs to the same family as marrows and pumpkins.
- The courgette is a very low-calorie vegetables; providing only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and it’s peel is an excellent source of dietary fibre.
Courgette Loaf Cake:
Butter (for the tin)
2 Large Eggs
125ml Vegetable Oil
85g Soft Brown Sugar
350g Courgette (coarsely grated)
1tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Plain Flour
0.25 tsp Nutmeg
0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
0.5 tsp Baking Powder
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and sugar, then add the courgettes and vanilla.
- In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, then pour into the tin. Bake for 1 hr, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool, then serve, or freeze for up to 1 month