~ 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. Seed grown for us by the Seed Cooperative in Lincolnshire.
Early, high production , particularly good flavour and texture
Order CoTW - 12 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. This year we have really excellent seed that grown for us by the UK Seed Cooperative in Gosberton.
Early & stripey. Large bush but not too sprawling!
Order CoSN - 12 seed £
'Long Fiorentino' Courgette NEW
From Florence in Italy, this traditional pale green courgette makes long ribbed fruit with a characteristic lighter marbling. Really pretty and a sweet delicate flavour.
Order CoLo - 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 plants are also a bit viney - so better for the larger plot - but then they do make an awful lot of courgettes.
Dark green, round courgette
Order CoTP - 14 seed £
'Burpees Golden Zucchini' - Yellow Courgette NEW
This incredible yellow courgette was selected by Oved Schifriss in the 1940s and was introduced to home gardeners by the "W. Atlee Burpee & Co" seed house.
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!)
Early Prolific Straightneck REINTRODUCED!
We're very pleased to offer this once again, a straighneck squash from 1938 with lemon-yellow fruit with gently bumpy skin. The flavour is better than a normal courgette and this particular strain from High Mowing Seeds has been improved to be resistant to powdery mildew.
We love this one because it is the best flavoured of all the summer squash we've ever tried. Just a few packets available this year from our own production in Wales.
Pick SMALL & use like a courgette.
Order SSES 12 seed £
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 £