Courgette 'Romanesco'

Recommended by many foodies, this is a wonderful courgette with excellent flavour and characteristic ribs all down the fruit. More
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Recommended to me by many foodies, Courgette 'Romanesco' is a wonderful courgette with characteristic ribs down the fruit. It has excellent flavour and texture, not ever turning watery, even when quite large.

Picked small and whole, the flavour reminds me of globe artichoke hearts. Its flowers are huge too – ideal for stuffing and dipping into tempura batter.

Do at least two sowings of courgettes, splitting your packets, so that you have fruit to pick for 3-4 months at a stretch. Sow two or three different colours so they look good in the garden and on the plate.

Genus Cucurbita
Group/Species pepo
Variety Romanesco
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Courgette, Summer Squash
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 90cm (36in) apart in each direction when the plants have 5-6 leaves
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Soak seed overnight and sow under cover from late March- April. Push seed, on its side (to prevent it rotting), 2-3cm deep into a 9cm pot of compost. Can be sown direct after last frosts, sow two or three seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep and cover with cloches or jars; leave in place for at least two weeks after seedlings appear. Thin seedlings to leave the strongest one. Indoor-raised seedlings will require potting on into 9cm (3.5in) pots to grow on before planting outside, after the last frosts. Gradually acclimatise seedlings to outside conditions for two weeks by leaving them outside during the day in a bright, sunny spot and bringing them back in, or covering with horticultural fleece in the evening. Prepare the planting area two weeks prior to planting (or sowing). Make a hole about a spade’s depth and width and fill with a mixture of compost or well-rotted manure and soil. Sprinkle a general fertiliser, such as Comfrey Pellets or Organic GroChar Fertiliser, over the soil. Plant one plant in each planting pocket spaced 90cm (2ft 11in) apart. Courgettes also work well in growbags or containers, minimum 45cm (18in) diameter. Allow one plant per container or two per growbag. These will need regular watering as they mature.
Care Tips Water once a week, taking care not to wet the leaves, and feed every fortnight with a high potash liquid fertiliser, such as Organic Tomato Fertiliser with Seaweed, once the first fruits start to swell. Courgettes should be ready to start picking eight weeks from sowing. Powdery mildew can be a problem during hot, dry spells, the only remedy is to keep the soil moist and move plants to a cooler location if possible. Cool weather early in the summer can cause inadequate pollination meaning fruits fail to appear but this is usually a temporary problem and once the weather starts to improve, so will pollination and the plant will correct itself.
Storing Best fresh, but can be stored a few days in the fridge.
Harvesting Late June to October. Start picking as soon as fruits are 7cm long. You can pick the flowers before this.
Cooking Notes 'Romanesco' courgette is beautiful cut in cross-sections, and eaten raw in salads or sauteed simply in a little butter or olive oil.
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Courgette 'Romanesco' reviews

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Reviewed 5th August 2019 by Patricia

Only 2 plants left but they are healthy and ready to pick now.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Liz

Have 2 of these plants and they are v productive and tasty. Compared with some Johnson's seeds which I planted at the same time they are streets ahead

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joe

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Debra

Not had too much success with courgettes this year, think possibly down to the weather rather than the plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mary

Fabulous, buy and grow this every year, and share some plants with friends.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lucy

Delicious
Grew very well
Happy with purchase

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Colburn

Slow to get going but now producing lots

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Natalie

Very disappointed 0 courgettes

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Chris

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Frances

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Reviewed 18th October 2018 by Vicky

the seedlings were not all romanesco and one produced only two fruits. very disappointing.

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Reviewed 25th September 2018 by Dawn

All the plants were in top quality when they arrived. I have had a very good yield from all the plants and recommend them to everyone.

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Reviewed 23rd September 2018 by Jane

Bumper crop off 2 seedlings one didnt make it. Tasty courgettez loads of flowers.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Helen

All failed to grow, not impressed

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Courgette 'Romanesco' and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

Delicious and easy to grow

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Sharon de jager

My first try at growing vegetables. As a huge courgette eater I bought the Romanesco seeds to try out. Within a few weeks out popped the seedlings and then the fruit started growing. Amazed at how quickly they grew from mere 10cm high into large leaves with lots of fruit and flowers. Delicious to eat. I like to cut them while still small, but my allotment buddy grew them until they were much bigger, however I find if they are left to grow too big they are like marrow and less tasty, so now I've convinced her to cut them whilst still around 12cm. I now know to give them plenty of room to grow, so next time round I shall space them differently. Our first try at growing courgettes was a complete success, in fact today I picked some more. Couldn't be happier with the seeds I bought.

Courgette romanesco

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Reviewed 22nd July 2018 by Shirley Barthram

A lovely courgette lots of fruits. We have given quite a few away to our Italian neighbour who thinks their fantastic.

Stalwart performer!

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Reviewed 13th March 2015 by Rachel Bell

In a cold northern garden this courgette comes up trumps every year. I try several varieties every year and this one always outperforms the others. Masses of delicious courgettes which hold their flavour even as they grow, and lovely flowers