Hello all, Amy here with my two little summer squash plants growing in the garden.
They’ve been flowering beautifully, but I’ve only eaten one patty pan.
Each squash plant produces flowers that make pollen (male flowers) and flowers that make fruit (female flowers). Each flower only opens for one day. On that day insects (or a human with a tiny paint brush) pollinate from one flower to the next, from the same or different plants, resulting in the famous swelling summer squash. Without pollination, the little fruit withers and dries. Looking at the stem below the flower is the fastest way to determine a fruit or pollen producing flower. Since I don’t plan to save seed and both plants are of the same species, I’m mingling pollen from the pale green patty pans and the yellow patty pans. I won’t see the difference in this year’s crop. Often pollen producing flowers bloom days before any fruit bearing flowers appear, so those are fair game to eat. Unfortunately, I also had many days with only female flowers and no pollen! I did not have any cheese on hand to stuff them like Carolyn used in this recipe, but I did have some lovely heirloom blue corn meal.
Then into hot oil…
While that was going, I RAN out to find something fresh to garnish this crispy little dish.
After a final sprinkling of sea salt, I ate it immediately, very hot!
A delicate treat from the garden. There’s plenty of summer left to eat giant green baseball bats.