Baby patty pans
A baby patty pan is a pumpkin-like fruit and is related to the cucumber family. Patty pans are native to the tropical regions of South America. Patty pan is a type of summer squash with a distinctive shape. At a glance a baby patty pan squash looks like a UFO, with a fat center and deeply scalloped edges. The fruit is white, yellow or green in colour. The flavour of baby patty pan is similar to that of other summer squashes, like courgette.
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Baby patty pans are available from South Africa.
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Baby patty pans
At a glance a baby patty pan squash looks like a UFO, with a fat center and deeply scalloped edges.View Baby patty pans
First wash the baby patty pan. Then cut off the stem. Young squash have rinds which are so tender that they can be eaten along with the rest of the squash, while older squash generally need to be peeled for use. From here, either eat the patty pan whole or slice it into pieces. When cooking the fruit whole, make sure to give it a small cut, to release any pressure which might build up during the cooking process.Consumption
Baby patty pan can be eaten raw or cooked. It can be steamed, boiled, roasted or baked. The fruit is small enough to be cooked whole. Baby Patty pan can also be halved, stuffed and it may be used chopped in salads or soups. The fruit tastes delicious with fish.When to eat
Depending on the cultivar, baby patty pan is green, white, or yellow. The more mature the squash is, the deeper colour and the thicker the rind. The larger the fruit is, the more woody, hard, and tasteless it is. Baby patty pans can be kept at room temperature.
Did you know?
- Patty pan is also called; ‘Pattypan Squash’ or ‘Scalloped Squash’.
- Baby patty pans are also used as ornamental fruit in bouquets.