Courgettes and marrows are the same plant, but marrow varieties are specially bred to be eaten when large, whereas courgettes that are left to grow lose flavour and become less sweet, the seeds within grow much bigger, and the skin thickens and is chewy when eaten. This being said, although marrows can be grown large, their flavour is generally much better when picked at smaller sizes.
Marrow varieties have a different growing habit to courgettes too. Courgettes have generally a bush like habit, with their fruit centred in the middle of the plant. Marrows plants are more similar to winter squash, with a trailing habit, and therefore require a lot of space to grow.
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