Apparently it's related to zucchini. It grows into a round ball, with the seeds centered in the middle, like acorn squash. It's a summer squash, which is just a name for squashes that (surprise, surprise) mature in the summer and have a tender, edible skin. Other squashes - butternut, pumpkin, spaghetti, etc. - mature during the fall and have a tough, inedible skin.
This week was really difficult due to the uniqueness of the items. Plus, potatoes, peas and bok choy were not available in organic. I may have to check out Trader Joes or Fresh Market in person just so I can start collecting prices on some of the basics that I can't find organic versions of at Harris Teeter. I had to price the patty pan and round zucchini on normal zucchini and summer squash. So this week isn't quite accurate yet. I hope to edit it and get you a better comparison.
- 8 baby red potatoes: $3.87
- 1 pound sugar snap peas: $3.99
- 2 cucumbers: $3.18
- 4 zucchini + 2 round zucchini: $9.16
- 3 yellow squash + 1 patty pan: $8.41
- 2 bok choy (I priced for 4 since each is about double the size of a grocery bok choy): $5.07
- Total: $33.68
I saved at least $12.68 this week, though I bet it's really more. If I ever make it out to the local organic groceries, I'll update all the posts.