Courgettes are one of my favourite vegetables and I long for them to come into season. But once they start they come so thick and fast its a challenge to keep up with them.
This year we have tried four varieties. Nero di Milano is our long time favourite and a steady cropper. Goldie is fun and Partenon is steady but slightly dull. The best find this year has been Costa Romanesque, which looks dramatic with its hairy ribs and tastes wonderful, cooked or raw.
If you are looking for a simple recipe that uses up lots of courgettes, try the Union Square Cafe recipe for Pappardelle of Zucchini. Thinly sliced courgettes are flash fried with tinned tomatoes, garlic, basil, pamesan and cream. A large bowl of this with some crusty bread is one of the highlights of summer. Let me know if you can't get hold of the full recipe.