Organic Squash ‘Jaune de Vert’
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Introducing our stunning summer squash – Pattison ‘Jaune de Vert’.
Pattison is the french word for Pattypan and these vibrant yellow squash have that iconic scalloped edge and a green central patch.
Pattypans are grown and eaten just like courgettes but unlike courgettes, are not often found in the supermarkets so they are a rare delight! They have a sweeter taste then courgettes and are best enjoyed when they are small.
Sow your summer squash seeds in 8cm pots in the spring. Plant out when the risk of frost has passed at around 60cm apart and harvest when they are ready.
Squash originated in Central America around 8,000 – 10,000 years ago but they were unknown in Europe until the late 16th century.
They are one of the largest and most diverse types of fruits in the plant world.
Squash is notorious for cross pollination which has resulted in the diverse variety we know today.
There are different types of squash; winter and summer. Winter squashes tend to have harder rinds which assists with storage whereas summer squashes like the courgette have a much thinner rind and grow a lot faster.
Winter squashes are often vining, long season plants and can be used to help with ground cover to prevent weeds whereas summer squashes tend to be bush plants.
Indigenous tribes in Native America used to use squash as part of the ‘three sisters’ method of planting. This method uses corn, beans and squash. The squash is used for ground cover, the corn is used to support the beans and the beans fix the nitrogen in the soil for the benefit of the corn and the squash.
Did you know that squash flowers are edible? They can be eaten fresh, steamed, fried, baked or stuffed!