Can you identify this vegetable squash? Didn't know if it was winter or...

Asked July 10, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

Can you identify this vegetable squash? Didn't know if it was winter or summer variety. Thank you!

Howard County Maryland vegetables

1 Response

If you planted it this year, this looks like a very over-mature summer scallop-edged squash called 'patty pan'. They are usually picked when they are much smaller. They are tender and buttery tasting, even when tiny and are good steamed/boiled until tender. Some people allow them to grow to about baseball? softball? size and then slice, bread and pan-fry them as well.
If you didn't plant it this year and it was a 'volunteer' which was from a seed open-pollinated last season, it could be a cross of mixed heritage, but certainly patty-pan is one of the parents.
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