Marrows are more mature courgettes, with a creamy flesh and mild taste. Discover when marrows are in season, how to buy the best, and how to cook them.

What is a marrow?

A marrow is a cucurbit, which means it’s from the same family as the melon, cucumber, squash andcourgette. The marrow is actually a courgette that has been left on the plant to grow a little longer; likewise, if you pick a marrow when small, it’s classed as a courgette. Marrow has a creamy flesh, edible skin and seeds, and a mild flavour.


How to prepare marrow

You can steam, bake, boil, fry or roast marrow. The stripy skin is edible, but if you are roasting or frying you might want to remove the seeds and stringy middles so you can just enjoy the flesh.

How to cook marrow

Marrow is a blank canvas, so it works well with strong flavours – think citrus, chilli, garlic, bacon, spices and robust herbs, such as rosemary and thyme. Stuff them and cover with cheese, mash into savoury dishes or grate into cakes. You can also turn marrow into chutney to serve alongside cheeseboards, ham or curry. Check out ourtop 6 ways to serve marrowfor more cooking inspiration and get stuck into ourultimate marrow recipe collection.

How to store marrow

Keep refrigerated in a vegetable bag, if you have one, and use within three days.

When is marrow in season?


Choose the best marrow

尺寸重要 - 巨大的并且从园艺竞争中最好保留。寻找您能找到的最小的骨髓;它不应该比您的前臂大。大骨髓会味道苦,并具有水的稠度。

Alternatives to marrow

Try courgette or squash.

Our top 5 marrow recipes

1. Slow-cooked marrow with fennel & tomato

Slow-cooked marrow with fennel and tomato

This heartyslow-cooked marrow with fennel and tomato做一个美味的蔬菜晚餐。它甚至可以一次提供5天的四个。搭配几片厚实的酸面包面包,以擦拭果汁。

2. Maple-roasted marrow on cavolo nero salad

Take this humble veg to the next level by roasting slices of fresh marrow with maple syrup and garlic, then top with crunchy hazelnuts and breadcrumbs for extra texture. Our easymaple-roasted marrow on cavolo nero saladis a great healthy family dinner option.

3. Marrow & pecan cake with maple icing

Turn this veg-patch hero into something sweet with our simplemarrow & pecan cake with maple icing. The grated marrow keeps the cake moist and gives this homely bake great texture. Top with smooth cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans.

4. Marrow & ginger jam

Stick to the traditional with this flavourfulmarrow & ginger jam. If your allotment is overflowing, whip up a batch of this warming jam with a hint of zesty lemon. Read our advice onhow to sterilise jars保持果酱处于尖端状态。

5. Stuffed marrow bake


Keep things simple with ourstuffed marrow bake. Our budget-friendly recipe makes a satisfying family dinner. It can be prepped in 10 mins and uses just a few storecupboard ingredients.