Glossary

Basket of marrows

Marrow

A marrow is a cucurbit, which means it’s from the same family as the melon, cucumber, squash and courgette. The marrow is actually a courgette that has been left on the plant to grow a little longer; likewise, if you pick a marrow when small it is classed as a courgette. Marrow has a creamy flesh, edible skin and seeds and a mild flavour. 

Availability

In season in August and September.

Choose the best

Size matters- a huge marrow is best reserved for a horticultural competition. Hunt out the smallest marrow you can find- it should be no bigger than your forearm. Large marrows will taste bitter and have a watery consistency. 

Prepare it

You can steam, bake, boil, fry or roast marrow. The stripy skin is edible, but if you are roasting or frying you might want to remove the seeds and stringy middles so you can just enjoy the flesh. 

Store it

Keep refrigerated in a vegetable bag if you have one and use within three days. 

Cook it

Marrow is a blank canvas so works well with strong flavours- pile on citrus, chilli, garlic, bacon, spices and robust herbs like rosemary and thyme. Stuff them and cover with cheese, mash into savoury dishes or grate into cakes. You can also turn marrow into chutney to serve alongside cheeseboards, ham or curry. 

Alternatives

Try courgette or squash.

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