Scrumptious spacecraft

Flying Saucer Squash

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

Even if you’re not a kid, it’s hard to resist veggies that look like UFOs. Flying Saucer Squash are a relatively new hybrid related to ruffled, round pattypans. With more prominent ribs, these little vegetables look like vintage door handles, but taste much like other summer squashes. Cut them into wedges and cook just until al dente for a side dish, or hollow them out and make a filling. Something with a bit of chili heat, like sesame-peanut masala, complements the slight sweetness of the squash.