Flying Saucer Summer Squash

Cucumis maxima

Growing Zone
  • Height:   18-24″
  • Width:     48-60″
  • Spacing:   48-60″
  • Design Role:

  • Location : Full Sun to part sun
  • Water: Average
  • Fertilizer:  Average
  • Growth Habit: Vining

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Description

Flying Saucer squash has a shape that resembles that of a toy spinning top, or as the name suggests that of a UFO. It is small with an ornately scalloped perimeter and different tones of variegated green and yellow from blossom end to stem end. As temperature warms up later in the season the green coloring will become more dominant than the yellow. Its flesh is slightly denser than other summer squash types with a crisp texture and moist seed cavity. Its flavor is sweet, nutty and savory with peppered undertones. Younger squash will have barely developed seeds and a more tender flesh. More mature Flying Saucer squash will be denser and have a drier seed cavity that is ideal for hollowing out and stuffing.Flat, star-shaped fruit is yellow with striped, variegated green center. Prolific. Harvest from baby to mature stages.Plant produces good yields of star-shaped fruit and multi-colored pattern squash. This gourmet squash has yellow, light green, dark green and cream colored patterns and flavorful scallop flesh. The squash can be harvested for small and tender baby squash. The squash will have less yellow and cream and more green under high temperature conditions. Excellent choice for home gardens. A summer squash variety. Flying saucer squash is of the species, Cucurbita pepo and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Relatively new to the marketplace, it is a hybrid summer squash variety with a shape similar to that of the popular patty pan squash but a coloring that is uniquely its own. Summer squash, such as the Flying Saucer, differ from their winter squash relatives in terms of the time they take to develop, typically producing fruit within a mere week of flowering. Flying Saucer squash can be prepared in a fashion similar to that of any other summer squash. When cooked they can be baked, roasted, grilled, deep fried, sautéed or braised. Their unique shape and color can be showcased in stuffed squash preparations or by slicing into thick steaks and grilling. The vibrant coloring of Flying Saucer squashes’ skin will remain if not overcooked. When raw they can be pickled, grated and added to salads and slaws or simply sliced and served alongside dips as a crudité. The flavor of Flying Saucer squash pairs well with eggs, dill, arugula, basil, toasted bread crumbs, cream based sauces, garlic, tomatoes, corn, eggplant, cheese, poultry and seafood. To store keep Flying Saucer squash refrigerated and use within one week.