Patty Pan Squash
Pattypan squash are round, disc-like summer squash. They're also called scallop squash because of their scalloped edges. Pattypans can be as small as an inch in diameter (often sold as "baby" pattypan) and up to a few inches across. They can be bright yellow, white, dark green, or light green. Pattypans have a beguiling shape and buttery, mellow flavor.
How to Select
Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween lanterns. Inside the hard orange or yellow skin, the bright orange flesh is sweet. They are a particularly good source of fiber, as well as a range of vitamins and minerals.
How to Store
Pattypan squash will keep for a few days stored in the fridge, unwashed and sealed in plastic. The smaller the squash, the sooner it should be used.
How to Prepare
To take advantage of their pretty shape, cook small pattypans whole—try braising, grilling, steaming, or sautéing. Pattypan squash doesn't need peeling, but be sure to trim any rough bits from both the stem and blossom end.