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Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:28:04 »
Such a shame that we now have headlines like this about an out of season vegetable.
It just shows that people have come to expect all produce to available all year round.
It used to be so special when the first of the season fruit and vegetables came to the market.

I am old is all I can say lols
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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 11:35:03 »
Yeah - if only there was a way of saving the late summer courgette glut until now ... but there isn't!

I wouldn't class myself as old ... but I agree with the sentiment ... can't get courgettes in January ... boo hoo!  Most people are so disconnected from the food they eat, they expect a chicken to cost 2.50 and still be well looked after, they expect the milk price to never go up, but are shocked when dairy farmers go out of business.  They expect tomatoes year round and don't care if they are completely unripe - they wouldn't know a decent ripe tomato if it hit them in the face.  They laugh at us wierd allotmenters ... but we should be the ones who are laughing.

I'm off to pick some perennial kale, cavolo nero, swedes and leeks ... that's proper winter food.

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 11:54:51 »
Courgette and chilli  chutney for todays lunch.  may be I want bit less courgettes next year  :P

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 16:57:51 »
after the glut in the summer i really cant even look at a courgette in any form until late may at the earliest
johhnyc015  may the plot be with you

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 17:44:16 »
Time to auction my sliced courgettes in the freezer then?   :BangHead:

Frankly, the winter squashes are so good at the moment, who needs courgettes? And there tons of butternuts in the supermarkets and occasionally others too.   

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2017, 19:00:01 »
Grow Tromba d'Albenga they can be used green as courgettes and later ones can be ripened and stored over winter. I'm still eating the long thin necks of these in the same way I would eat courgettes. The seeds are only in the fat end, so you can slice them across or lengthwise without seeds :)

http://www.seedsofitaly.com/Squash_Tromba_Of_Albenga/p1834925_8313519.aspx

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2017, 23:15:42 »
I wish I liked the taste of winter squashes more ... they're so productive and big and store so well ... but I just can't cope with the sweet mealy taste - they're more like a bad pudding than a part of a dinner!

As for tromba d'albegna ... I grew them again this year and they are nice when small and young as courgettes ... but there's something seriously toxic about them when they mature ... not only do they give us all stomach upsets when cooked, they also give me a dreadful sore rash when cutting and handling them in the kitchen.  Maybe it's just a chance family allergy, but I don't think they're good eating.

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2017, 09:20:26 »
That's a shame, we love them here!

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2017, 10:48:28 »
Failed with tromba last year I love them.  Hope to do better rhis year.

But I have so many courgettes during the summer that I am pleased for a break.

I can remember a time before courgettes arrived in UK.  Possibly part of the problem is that in many countries they are pale skinned. 
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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2017, 14:54:18 »
I wish I liked the taste of winter squashes more ... they're so productive and big and store so well ... but I just can't cope with the sweet mealy taste - they're more like a bad pudding than a part of a dinner!

SqueezyJohn - have you tried many winter squashes? I can think of some that fit with your description of being sweet and mealy but others that are not really sweet and more like a potato in texture (not mealy). It'd be a shame to give up on all of them when you might find one that fits the bill!

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Re: Courgette shortage hits British supermarkets
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