The wonderful courgette is a fantastic source Vitamin C and folate. Vitamin C helps to heal wounds, keep the immune system healthy, and is needed for normal growth and development and for helping the body to absorb iron. Folate works together with Vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and makes sure our nervous system is working as it should be.
When to give to your baby
Courgette are often one of baby’s first foods and make a good first weaning food choice. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure. For more information on weaning visit our weaning section in our Baby Plan section.
Cooking courgette at home
The perfect courgette
We always use organic courgettes, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. Try to pick ones that are firm, without any bruises or soft brown spots, and they should smell fresh. They store well and are perfect to have on hand for an easy last minute supper. They can be kept up to 7 days in the fridge, and are best kept loose (not in plastic bag). Nowadays there are lots of different varieties to choose from, so once your little one gets older it can be fun to play around with different ones as the colours can be pretty striking.
Best way to cook them for your baby
Courgettes are very versatile. Try steaming or roasting them, before blending to your desired consistency, depending what stage of the journey you are at, with other vegetables of your choice. They are also wonderful cooked in coconut oil and then added to Brown rice for a quick and simple baby risotto. When the time is right for your little, Courgettes are also perfect cut in batons before steaming and serving as finger food. You can also add it to cake batter in replace of carrot – yummy!
What goes well with courgette
Pumpkin, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, parsnip, cumin, pear.