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When do I harvest courgettes?

Post  rosiejoe on 5/15/2010, 3:36 pm

When do I harvest courgettes?
Does anyone know when one is supposed to harvest courgettes? Or is that a dumb question? Mine are about 5 inches long at the minute. I am posting from Ireland Europe.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/15/2010, 3:46 pm

I personally do not like to cook them so I take them when they are tiny, just after the blossom drops off. They are about the size of a pencil and fun on a veggie platter. 5 inches is good (do you do inches in Ireland?) Up to about 8 inches is probably as big as you might want them to go. Much bigger and you might need to decide if they go to the chickens or if you are willing to grait them into cake or bread.

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/15/2010, 6:56 pm

I harvest mine between 4 to 6 inches long for steaming or stir fry. Up to 10 inches if I'm going to bake them, but at that point they need deseeding. If they get longer, you can peel and seed them and use them much like the winter gourds in baked dishes. Or my favourite, make "apple pie" out of them with seasonings. I think there might be a recipe on here -- if not, I'll post one.

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