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?
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.