Baby Green Patty Pan
Inventory, 10 lbs : 0.50
This item was last sold on : 04/22/18
Baby Green patty pan squash is saucer shaped, almost resembling a toy top with scalloped edges. Its coloring is bright to dark green with faint lime green stripes and a green tipped stem at its blossom end. Its flesh is crisp and creamy white colored with a moist seed cavity. Its flavors are mild and somewhat grassy with a sweet finish. Younger summer squash is chosen over mature squash as their seeds are barely developed and the flesh has a higher moisture content while mature squash's skin becomes drier and thicker and its flavor can decline, even become bitter. In addition to the fruit of the plant, the leaves and the flower blossoms are also edible.
Baby Green patty pan squash is available year-round with a peak season in the summer months.
Baby Green patty pan squash is botanically a part of Cucurbita pepo and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Also known as a scalloped type of summer squash baby Green patty pan is sometimes referred to as scallop or scallopini squash. Baby patty pan squash can be found in green, yellow and white coloring. Although used as a vegetable in the culinary landscape, botanically patty pan squash is a fruit, as its flesh bears the plant's seeds.
Baby Green patty pan squash is known for its high water content. They also contain some of vitamins A and C as well as magnesium, folic acid and potassium. Most of the nutrients in baby Green patty pan squash are located in the rind of the squash.
Baby Green patty pan squash can be used raw or cooked in a variety of preparations. They can be steamed, roasted, sautéed, grilled, braised and baked. Their thin skin need not be removed as it is delicate enough to consume but be sure to remove its rough stem. Baby Green patty pan squash can be utilized whole, sliced or hollowed and stuffed. It can also be pureed and added to soups, sauces and curries. It can be used interchangeably in many recipes that call for zucchini. Its flavor pairs well with summer vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, garlic and eggplant, with fresh and dried herbs like oregano, basil and chives, with olive oil, roasted chicken, grilled meats and seafood, and with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Harvested when it is immature baby Green patty pan squash is delicate and as result not a storage hearty fruit. For best flavor it should be used soon after harvest, to store keep dry and refrigerated and use within a week.
“Baby” squash varieties specifically became popular in the United States in the 1980's when baby vegetables such as baby carrots became a culinary trend. Consumers eager to create meals at home that modeled what they saw on television cooking shows and in their favorite restaurants created a demand for this petite, gourmet vegetable. The name "patty pan" comes from the squashes shape which is reminiscent of that of the classic crimped baking pan.
Members of the Cucurbita genus such as baby Green patty pan squash are believed to be native to Mesoamerica. Squash first made its way to Spain and Italy via explorers that had traveled in the New World. The summer zucchini varieties of squash we know today developed predominantly in Italy, making their way to the United States in the 1920’s. Baby Green patty pan squash are an easy to grow variety and of all the baby squash varieties produce the most fruit per plant when compared to other cultivators. In the United States the majority of commercially available baby squash is grown in South and Central America.
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