Is a Courgette Zucchini?

Courgette and zucchini, the words are used interchangeably. But are they the same thing? If so, why are they called by different names?

Courgette and zucchini, the words are used interchangeably. But are they the same thing? If so, why are they called by different names?

The Short Answer

Yes, zucchini and courgette are the exact same plant, just with different names.

The Long Answer

You say tomatoes are a fruit. I say tom-ah-toes are a vegetable. (Check out which one of us is right in is the tomato a vegetable). You say courgette. I say zucchini. It’s all the same thing, people. These plants are identical in every way, save for a name. So why the difference? It’s a regional thing.  The word zucchini comes from the Italian word “zucchino”, which translates as “tiny squash” or “undeveloped marrow.” This speaks to zucchinis being a summer squash, which are harvested early and served while the seeds are still soft. You can read about why zucchini is in the summer squash family here.

Courgette means the same thing, only in French. Zucchini is the common term used in American English speaking countries, while courgette is the more common term among French and British English speaking people.

Whatever term you use, we’ve got great recipes for you! Try some Air Fryer Zucchini Chips for a quick and tasty appetizer. For a main dish, check out Zucchini Gratin or Zucchini Parmesan. Enjoy!

Courgette and zucchini, the words are used interchangeably. But are they the same thing? If so, why are they called by different names? #courgette #zucchini #vegetables
Courgette and zucchini, the words are used interchangeably. But are they the same thing? If so, why are they called by different names? #courgette #zucchini #vegetables

Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.