You are here

General Produce

Squash, Soft Shell, Pattypan

Pattypan Squash
Common Packs:

5- and 10-lb. cartons.

Receiving Inspecting:

Soft-shell squash should be firm with shiny, tender rinds. Shape and rind color should be consistent with type. Avoid squash that shows signs of injury, pitting, or dull rind. Generally speaking, smaller sizes are more tender and flavorful.

Storage Handling:

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 45-50° F/7-10° C
  • 85-95% relative humidity
7 to 10 days.

Pitted skin is an indication of chill injury; shriveling can occur when stored in an area with low humidity. Store properly.

Handle with care; skin abrasion caused by rough handling can also result in moisture loss and shriveling.

Chayotes are sensitive to ethylene gas; exposure may cause yellowing and softening. For best quality, keep away from ethylene-producing fruits and ripening rooms.

Usage Ideas:

  • Skewer chopped soft-shell squash, cherry tomatoes, and lamb; grill and serve with herbed rice.
  • Add black beans, green onions, and julienned soft-shell squash to breakfast chilaquiles.