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Fresh fruit and veg are in abundance right now, making it the perfect time to try something new — like round courgettes.

These fabulous fruits (they are fruit actually!) are a compact version of the familiar courgette. They have a similar flavour and texture, and can be substituted in any recipe.

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There are a some ways to cook round courgettes that are absolutely delicious.

Grilled

  • Slice horizontally, to a thickness of about 1.5 cm
  • Brush with olive oil
  • Sprinkle with sea salt
  • Grill until slightly blackened
  • Enjoy!

Another simple, delicious way to enjoy round courgettes is to stuff them, and there are a couple of options.

Cold

  • Slice off the top
  • Scoop out the centre
  • Fill with a chilled summer soup like watermelon gazpacho
  • Serve with a green salad

Baked

  • Slice off the top
  • Scoop out the centre
  • Fill with a combination of diced veg (tomato, onion, etc), beans (white, chickpeas), and shredded cheese or chopped nuts, if desired
  • Brush the exterior lightly with olive oil
  • Place in a roasting pan and bake for 10-15 minutes on high heat, until the courgette is tender and the filling hot
  • Serve with a salad or fresh bread

Know a great recipe or cooking tip for courgettes? Share in the comments!