Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Patty Pan Squash aka:Flying saucer squash:aka Scallop Squash

The patty pan ( the non pumpkin squash in this photo) is among my favorites.

Patty pan is a diverse summer squash in terms of both variety and culinary uses.

Some will tell you the smaller have better flavor while the large are juicer and have less if any seeds. And any who have tried them will tell you thier blossoms are as yummy as any squash blossom in the garden.

My personal preference is the Early White Bush Scallop squash which reportedly can be traced back to 1591. This variety can produce multiple fruits up to 6 or 7 inches across and up to three inches deep each, on compact bush type plants. You can begin to harvest them at about 2 to 2.5 inches across, prep and freeze them to be baked up in the winter months.

These will be a beautiful and interesting addition to the garden and a yummy addition table again next fall and winter.

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