This spring, I picked up the plant at my local nursery simply because I got a kick out of the pictures of aliens with the name "flying saucer squash" emblazoned on the tag. I had seen this really cute-looking veggie before at the store, but never picked it up because honestly I wasn't sure what to do with it.
But when my plant grew to elephantine proportions by early summer and began shooting out plump, star-shaped, yellow-green fruit faster than I could say "unidentified flying object," I had to learn, and fast.
Google told me that pattypan are rather like zucchini, and indeed they are, with sweet, pristine-white flesh that can be eaten raw in salads but is also great cooked. It was particularly, meltingly delicious in this healthy kootu.