Pattypan Squash are summer squash.
They are firm, small, round, but flattened-shape squash, with scalloped edges, and are rounded on the top and bottom. Some people think they look like kiddy-toy spaceships.
They will be anywhere from 2 1/2 to 10 cm (1 to 4 inches) wide.
Their pale green skin matures to white. Sub-varieties, though, are yellow or striped instead. The yellow ones are called “Yellow Sunburst.”
It’s the pale green ones that turn white; if you get them while still pale green, they’ll be even more tender.
The flavour is similar to zucchini.
Harvest when they are between 3 to 7 days old. Beyond that, they will be less tender
When buying, choose ones with no cracks, rust spots or bruises, and that feel “hefty” for their small size.
Cook them as zucchini.
The larger ones can be stuffed and baked; the small ones are perhaps too fiddly to do anything but steam them whole.
The flavour and texture is lost with overcooking.
Store in a plastic bag in refrigerator for up to 4 days.