Lemon Sun Squash (Patty Pan)

Lemon Sun Squash (Patty Pan)

Cucurbita pepo

Lemon Sun is a patty pan type of summer squash. The flavour is delicate and mild, similar to that of zucchini. Sometimes, it is known as scalloped squash, custard squash or sunburst squash. This vigorous and strong bush plant is most suited for inground gardening. It produces prolific yields of bright yellow, uniform, disc-shaped fruit with no green on the blossom end.

With a creamy texture and buttery flavour, this delightful squash is really versatile. They can be used for stir-frying, sautéing, stuffing and barbecuing.

Though certainly edible when large, summer squash such as patty pans taste better and are more tender when harvested while still small. These tasty squash are best picked in the morning, as baby vegetables (1.5″ or 4 cm wide) with the flowers attached and when their flavour is at their peak. They can be picked fully matured (4 – 5″ or 10 – 13 cm wide), but keep in mind the rind may be a bit firmer.

To store, keep unwashed squash in vegetable storage bags in the refrigerator for a few days.

Maturity40 - 45 days
Height24 - 36" (61 - 91 cm)
Spacing36 - 48" (91 - 122 cm)
LightFull Sun
SoilOrganic, well-draining
pH Range6.0 to 6.5
WateringModerate and even
FertilizingBalanced fertilizer at time of planting; work in manure/compost
Nutrients RequiredNitrogen=high, Phosphorus=moderate, Potassium=moderate

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