Marrows and courgettes

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Wednesday 24 August 2005 2.01pm
Please help to settle a hot debate (first had in the car coming back from camping with friends about 10 years ago, now rejuvenated by Jill Archer and Linda Snell):

- do courgettes grow up to be marrows?

[I am serious. Honestly, I don't really know]

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 24 August 2005 2.19pm
I did not think so Ivanhoe, bit like the chicken and egg question...:-)
Anonymous User
Wednesday 24 August 2005 2.42pm
It is the same plant but one 'strain' produces good babies which are yummy courgettes but yuk marrows and the other strain is the reverse.



Wednesday 24 August 2005 2.42pm
Courgettes are a type of marrow. But a different type to the big marrows.
Anonymous User
Wednesday 24 August 2005 2.45pm
See. I am always right and so is TLMJJ!
Wednesday 24 August 2005 3.14pm
Thanks very much. Sounds eminently wise, and fuses a line of truth through all the conflicting answers I've had so far.

[But doesn't really explain the Jill Archer/Linda Snell thing.]

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 24 August 2005 3.21pm
My mum used to fry marrows in butter, onions, tomatoes and bacon snipped up.....s & p....new loaf of bread from Guildfords bakers...butter from David Griegs...bacon from Youngs.....dribble dribble....Have you got a glut of marrows on your plot Ivanhoe?
Thursday 25 August 2005 9.45am
Varieties of [i]Cucurbita pepo[i] - a member of the cucurbit family,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingmarrows.shtml

http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/plants/cucurbits/varieties.html

Kew Gardens has held a spectacular showing of cucurbits each autumn for the last few years - IIRC it has usually been in the waterlily house.
Thursday 25 August 2005 10.59am
Thanks Rabbie. Very interesting links there. Have favouritised them for tips on winter veg. Still doesn't explain how Linda can spike Jill's plans to win in the marrow class at the village show by harvesting her infant marrows and making courgette provencal with them.

...if you press it, they will come.
Thursday 25 August 2005 11.07am
Because courgettes are baby marrows!

But if they are from a plant that's grown for big marrows they won't taste very nice.

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