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Patty pan squashes

Postby Essexboy » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:32 am

Hello all,
I was ginen a Patty pan plant this year, it has done very well and looks as if it is going to have a lot of fruit on it, if that is the correct term. My question is how do you harvest them, do you let them mature and harden off/ripen like pumpkins, or do you harvest them like you would courgettes? Opinion is divided on our allotment site! Come to that, how do you cook them?
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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby John » Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:24 pm

Hello Essexboy
They are summer squashes and should be treated like you would courgettes. Pick 'em small and young and discard the larger ones ie anything much bigger than a grapefruit. The larger ones are useless and tasteless - they should be cut off to encourage more younger ones to develop.
In the kitchen deal with them in the same way as courgettes - in fact a courgette/patty pan mix is excellent.

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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby Johnboy » Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:31 pm

Hi Essexboy,
You should pick Petty Pan as you would pick Courgettes. When I have grown them I have always picked young nipped the stork off wash and then steam. They take very little cooking when picked young.
I have always served them with a white sauce as an accompaniment.
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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby Johnboy » Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:34 pm

Hi John,
You must have posted your letter just as I clicked reply.
However glad to see we gave the same reply.
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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby John » Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:39 pm

Hello JB
A case of great minds thinking together over the ether perhaps?
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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby Nature's Babe » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:02 pm

LOL, I say as courgettes too, so far I think you can report back to yout allotment colleagues pretty confident.
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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby alan refail » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:57 pm

Another vote from me for using them young as courgettes. Now you know which allotment neighbours to trust and which to ignore :wink:
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Re: Patty pan squashes

Postby Essexboy » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:46 am

Thanks everybody, I look forward to trying them.
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