Scallop Squash, Patty Pan Squash, Summer Squash 'White Bush Scallop'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: White Bush Scallop
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Scallop (summer)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Days to Maturity:

41 to 50 days

Mature Skin Color:



Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Arroyo Grande, California

Calistoga, California

Canoga Park, California

Menifee, California

Mountain View Acres, California

Newcastle, California

Oceanside, California

San Carlos, California

Santa Cruz, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Van Nuys, California

Lakeland, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Cumming, Georgia

Gillsville, Georgia

Anna, Illinois

Quincy, Illinois

Osawatomie, Kansas

Winthrop, Maine

Pocomoke City, Maryland

Lucedale, Mississippi

Yerington, Nevada

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Charlotte, North Carolina

Laurinburg, North Carolina

Spring Lake, North Carolina

Ashland, Oregon

Prescott, Oregon

Clairton, Pennsylvania

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Abilene, Texas

Austin, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

Longview, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 30, 2015, brendak654 from Anna, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

The Early White Bush Scallop (patty pan) Squash is an excellent summer squash for the home garden. I planted this squash from seed into the garden mid April and harvested my first squash from it late June. I like to harvest the squash when they are from 1 to 4 inches across. The 1 - 2 inch squash make wonderful additions to kabobs. No peeling necessary. When the squash get over 5 inches it might be necessary to peel, but when they are that big and bigger you loose quality and they begin to form seeds.


On Jun 9, 2012, xxx13angel13xxx from Atlantic Beach, SC wrote:

Nice flavor, strong plant and don't seem to be damaged by vine borers. The zucchini beside it has already been attacked.


On Apr 9, 2011, spaghetina from San Carlos, CA wrote:

The production on these wasn't overwhelming for me, but it was steady enough, and could have had much more to do with the growing conditions than the plants themselves. Either way, I was cutting these around 4", and they were delicious and sweet, sliced (not peeled) and sauteed.


On Feb 13, 2011, Archsquash from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

i remember these white squash growing up in the 1960's -70's readily available in supermarkets but in much larger sizes than people pick them now days. they could be 7 - 10 inches in diameter in the white variety only. we peeled them and sliced them abput an 1/8th inch salted in slices n put on papertowles to release water n patted dry then dipped them in milk, breaded them w/cornmeal and fried til golden. they were delicious and may be the way u might want try them if u find a larger one.

they are virtually unseen in supermarkets in my area since then. will have to grow some.


On Jun 19, 2009, Dadto10 from Gillsville, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have had good luck with this plant so far. Have several hills in a raised hill within a lasagna bed. a gets about 6 hours of sun then filtered shade. Dannlin, thehy are better if picked about three to four inches across, get tough if they get much bigger


On Jun 3, 2009, dannlin from Tucson, AZ wrote:

I have a yellow neck squash plant that has both yellow neck squash and the scallop squash growing on it. I had never seen the scallop squash before. Has anyone ever had this happen? Have not tried the scallop squash as yet. How big should I let one get? They are currently about 6" across.


On Sep 15, 2007, Angel_D from Quincy, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

All I did was stick a few seeds in the ground around the 4th of July, and I have some nice squash plants now. (I have the "Early White Bush Scallop" version.) I harvested the first squash a few days ago. Sliced it up, slathered it in melted butter, a little salt and pepper, and roasted it on the BBQ grill - it was delicious! The flavor was mild, somewhat sweet, maybe a little nutty. I can't wait for more to mature!

July 2008 - I planted these much earlier this year, in mid-May. The plants are doing well. The University of Illinois extension website recommends picking these squash when they are still immature, only 3-4 inches across. Last year I picked mine when they were much bigger, at least 6 inches across, but they still tasted good. U of I didn't offer a reas... read more


On Jul 10, 2006, kurtwall from Clairton, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The taste is milder than the yellow straight-neck or crook-neck squash. The habit is spreading, so leave lots of room. I didn't have much luck training C. pepo to grow vertically. Required very little care and striped cucumber beetles left mine alone.


On Aug 17, 2004, calpsychik from Santa Cruz, CA wrote:

This was the most tender, flavorful summer squash I've ever had. I'm not a fan of zucchini, but I could eat this variety every day. It's tender even when large. Try slicing it, straight off the vine, and brushing it with garlic olive oil and broil it in the oven. Turn over when the top is brown. (keep an eye on it -- doesn't take long to burn) Luscious!! It grew prolifically and I didn't have any mildew problems.


On Jun 30, 2004, Jamespayne from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

If you like yellow summer squash, this is a great change of pace with the "patty-pan" squash. It has a flavor all of it's own, and when cooked with garlic butter, it really brings out the delicate taste of this variety of squash. Steamed with garlic butter added after cooking makes a wonderful side dish for any family. Easy to grow and prolific producer!


On Dec 22, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of the oldest summer squashes dating back into the 19th century. Easy to grow and relatively prolific, it was a staple in my grandparents time. Typical scallop shaped but pure white. Tender but not as tasty as the yellow crookneck or straightneck.