Courgettes are young marrows, but courgette varieties have been bred to be picked young, when they have a sweet flesh and thin skin. If courgettes are left to grow large to become marrows, their flavour becomes less sweet, the seeds within become much bigger, and the flesh thickens.
Shops often sell one type of courgette, the straight green variety. A gardener can grow a variety of different shapes and colours. Whilst this adds interest and colour to a garden, I have not found the taste of courgettes to be greatly different between varieties, or indeed those sold in the shops. What I have experienced is how a few mature courgette plants can produce a phenomenal quantity of fruit.
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