The vibrant yellow squashes with scalloped edges that resemble toy tops, miniature flying saucers are Patty Pan Yellows.
They are native to S.America and are related to cucumber family. These squashes grow in summer and are also available in green and white varieties besides yellow.
Patty Pans are tender when immature but become hard and tasteless as they mature and grow large. They are good sources of magnesium, niacin, vitamins A and C. They can be eaten raw or subjected to any form of cooking right from steaming to baking. At times, the inner flesh is scooped out and the outer rind used as serving bowl. Baby patty pans are also used in bouquets.
Patty pan squashes are known by a myriad of other names such as Scallop squash, Sunburst squash, Granny squash, Custard squash, Custard marrow, Button squash and Scallopini.