This was a random find and impulse buy for me, I was standing in line at some big box store, flipping through the seed rack and just happened to find something a little different; this white scaloppini variety “Custard white” from McKenzie Seeds to be exact. There was little to no planting information or description on the package, just a pretty picture of ghostly pale scaloppinis, intrigued I added them to the grouping of yellow and green zucchinis I was planning.
These sturdy productive white squash bushes lasted on after my zucchinis had succumb to powdery mildew, custard white has the best resistance to powdery mildew out of any squash, quite impressive actually even now, when I am quite sure squash season has come to a close, whitey still has green leaves and a few unripe fruit. I have never seen white scaloppini in stores and it almost seemed wrong to grow a boring pale colourless summer squash when I could do lively lime, yellow, or dark green? But never mind the lack of a defined colour custard white’s flavor was impeccable, fine and nutty as good as any of the more flashily adorned scallopini I have ever met!
Like all summer squash in the heat of summer(not that we had much this year!) white scallopini are very productive, if you don’t keep on top of picking them, you will quickly have a large seed filled flying saucer on your hands! Incidentally the larger they get the brighter white they become almost luminescent. For my family three summer squash plants provide more than enough squash for our fresh eating needs and for us there is no point growing extra for freezing, nobody in my family will eat frozen summer squash, even if they are home grown frozen summer squash.