Patty pan squash: a vegetable from outer space?

patty pan vegetable food

young patty pan

This is the first year I have have been growing different squashes. Butternut squash, Winter squash and patty pan squash which belong to the Cucurbita genus but Patty pans and courgettes are Cucurbita pepo or summer squashes, wilst winter squashes like butternut are Cucurbita moschata.  The advantage of the winter squashes is that they store very well right through winter and are harvested when fully mature. Patty pan squashes on the other hand should be eaten fresh, when they are immature and about 2-3 inches in diameter. They have more taste than courgettes, but don’t produce a similar bumper harvest, and remain firmer when cooked. They come in white, green and yellow colours. The plants require a decent amount of space (1 square meter/plant), but do really well in a partially shaded area and they are ideal for growing on a compost heap.  Now is the time for patty pans to appear on plants

Patty pans can be cooked whole (prick skin with a fork), but the best way is to slice them cross-sectionally, layer them in an oven proof dish, sprinkle generously with Parmesan and bake in a pre-heated over at 180 degrees celcius for about 15 minutes.

They taste great and look amazingly like a UFO…..Out of this world

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