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Cucurbita pepo L. is a fruit from the Americas. It is a member of the cucurbitaceous family, along with melons and cucumbers. Courgettes are highly digestible, rich in niacin and low in calories and are a good source of B complex vitamins.

They are usually picked while still green as they are very sensitive and bruise easily. This is why courgettes must be harvested carefully without squeezing. Firm fruits with a shiny skin and no soft or dark parts, preferably with their stalk, will keep for longer.

They can be eaten with a wide variety of cheeses.