The courgette zucchini, also known as baby zucchini or courgette bulbata, is an attractive vining vegetable garden plant whose late ripe fruits are best enjoyed when they are still small, when the flavor is most exquisite. It is very similar, though not identical, to the potato; its flesh can be described as cream-colored. The leaves are dark green, about twice as wide as the length of the stalk, with an equal number of long and short leaves on each stalk. The courgette zucchini grows up to three feet tall and is found mostly in southern Europe, Asia, and parts of North America.
The main difference between the courgette and the potato lies in their habitats. Carpets of the garden have a hard time growing in grassy areas because the soil is too dry and does not hold moisture well enough. This causes the plant to form long, stiff branches. While a carpet will thrive even if watered once a week, a grass carpet will only thrive if it receives daily watering. The leaves of the courgette can therefore be used to great advantage in making a carpet for your garden. In addition, they can be used finely to garnish foods or for other decorative purposes.
Courgette zucchini can be conveniently started from seed. However, it is not advisable to start planting vegetables gardening from cuttings taken from the nursery. Because the tenderness of young plants is increased by planting in pots, the zucchini will easily take over the place of the grass. Thus, it is necessary that the young plants are planted in pots, so that they have an established root system before planting seeds.
After planting, the courgette should be tied up with string or thread. This will prevent it from growing up and away and will also serve to strengthen the stem so that it will not bend. It is also advisable to leave at least three stem on each plant, so that it will have support as it grows.
The courgette can be used to make a decorative floor mat for the kitchen. However, it is not advisable to use too much of it. Too much courgette can cause the mat to become soggy. It can also easily gather dust. A good solution is to lightly mix vegetable oil with it before using the mat.
It can also be used to make a garnish for dishes. A good garnish can really brighten up a dish and make it look more appetizing. However, care should be taken when making this garnish. Since it is quite slim, a lot of fruit can easily be incorporated in it. However, it is also best if it is only cut into a few pieces. The small pieces will prevent the courgette from clashing with other ingredients when it is used.
Sometimes, the zucchini comes with leaves. If you are looking for a substitute, then just use the zucchini leaves. Just do not add the leaves to your recipe when cooking. Using the leafy greens instead of the slimy zucchini leaves will help to make sure that your recipe comes out nice and crisp. Cooking with the leafy greens also helps to preserve their vitamins.
Another good thing about courgette is that it is quite easy to grow. It can even be found in your backyard. You do not need to have a special pot or any other container. It would be best if you can grow your courgette inside your own garden so that you can use it anytime you want to make a tasty treat for your family.