A member of the squash family, the marrow is a distinctive looking vegetable. Its edible shiny skin can be any shade of green and its flesh is tender with a subtle flavour.
Marrow is served cooked. It can be baked in halves with the centre scooped out and stuffed with a filling such as sausagemeat and tomato or Bolognese sauce. It can be sliced into rounds and topped with cheese and baked. Or it can be cooked with onions, peppers and tomatoes to make a version of ratatouille. Serve steamed or fried marrow as a side dish to accompany chicken or fish dishes.
Marrow can also be combined with ginger to make jam or included in the mixed summer vegetable preserve, piccalilli.
The marrow is also grown for for size in competition (the current world record is 93.7kg (206.5lb) grown by Bradley Wursten – Netherlands – 2009
Click here to hear What a Beauty a very silly song about a marrow growing competition, have a listen, you’ll be glad you did.
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