white scallop summer squash

Early White Scallop Summer Squash Bush, Cucurbita pepo

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Approx: 10 seeds

A type of tender, flavorful summer squash, white bush squash belongs to the patty pan family. Like all patty pan varieties, white bush squash displays a flat, rounded, flying saucer shape and scalloped edges. Harvest white bush squash at its optimum ripeness, as mild, buttery-flavored white bush squash tends to have a drier texture than most other summer squash varieties.

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The White Scallop squash is a Native American heirloom, grown by American Indians in the Northeast for hundreds of years. Around 1700 it was introduced to Europe where it gained popularity. Also known as the Pattypan squash, it is known for its small, round, shallow shape with scalloped edges.

Days to Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Maturity: 50 days
Full Sun
Height: 24-36 inches
Spread: 26-48 inches
Fruit size: 2-4 inches

Squash require loamy soils that can retain some moisture, as they do not like to be left too dry for any extended period of time. They require full sun and like a soil that has some organic material in it to draw nutrients from.

Plant near: beans, corn, cucumber, melon, mint, onion, pumpkin
Helped by: borage, marigolds, nasturtiums (which all deter common squash pests).

Squash has many vital poly-phenolics, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Vitamin A, a & b-carotenes, cryptoxantohin-B, lutein
B-complex vitamins (folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, pantothenic acid)
Iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus
Amino acid Tryptophan (a health benefiting GABA which is neuro-chemical in the brain).

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