The patty pan squash (in French: le pâtisson) is a
member of the blended summer squash family. Shaped very much like a UFO
with undulating edges -- each bump a tiny cockpit with an alien inside,
presumably --, it can be conical or squat, and comes in shades of
yellow, green, or white. The flesh inside is the color of clotted
cream, its heart studded with edible seeds like the center of a
Like all summer squashes, the patty pan squash is best eaten when young and small.
Avoid patty pans that are larger than the palm of your hand: they will
likely be watery and bland, and you will then miss out on the buttery and subtly sweet taste of the littler ones, and their faint artichoke flavor.