Awww, how cute

Awww, how cute,” is the reaction of some people upon being introduced to patty pan squash. Also called scalloped squash, they are part of the summer squash family but the smallest of the lot, measuring as little as an inch across.

Patty pans are a light green when young but shade toward white when mature. Their shape has been compared to that of a flying saucer. You can find them in the stores and farmer markets from summer into early autumn. Choose the smallest ones available if you want the best taste and texture. If you handle them carefully, you can store them in the fridge for up to 6 days.”

I thought that I had seen most varieties of squash before but I do not recall ever seeing a Patty Pan. When I was growing up my grandparents had a huge garden as did my family but somehow this variety of squash is one that we missed out on. One of my sister’s neighbors brought this squash over from her garden.

This patty pan is much larger than the average from the descriptions I found. It must have been 6 or 7 inches across.

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4 Responses

  1. Love your photos, especially Isla.

  2. I grew these a few years ago–that is big–usually you pick them at 2 ” or so.

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