Golden Scallop Pattypan
Heirloom. You'll be planting a little fun when you tuck pattypan squash into the garden. The flavor is delicate and mild, similar to zucchini. This is a rare Native American squash type that predates Columbus.
Plants produce several dozen squash per plant. Pick after the color shifts from green to bright golden yellow, but while the squash are still small (2 to 4 inches) and tender. They can grow to 7 inches across but will become tough-skinned and pithy as they get bigger and older. Prepare as you would any squash: braise, grill, fry, oven-roast, or stuff. Plants have a semi-bush habit and can be grown in containers, but need large ones that are at least 20 to 24 inches across.
- Light: Full sun
- Fruit size: 2 to 4 inches is ideal; grow up to 7 inches in diameter
- Matures: 49 to 54 days
- Plant spacing: 36 to 48 inches apart
- Plant size: 2 to 3 feet wide