Squash that looks like a billiards ball. Who knew?

I am always amazed at the varieties of produce that show up at the farmers market. On my last trip, I found these beautiful, bright yellow ball-shaped squash.

Yellow eight-ball (sometimes called one ball) squash is similar in color, taste and texture to straight-neck yellow squash or zucchini. It gets its name because it's best picked as soon as it gets to be the size and shape of a billiards ball. It has a mild, white flesh and a bright yellow skin that is tender and sweet.

Eight-ball squash generally range in size from 1 to 4 inches in diameter. They are best when picked at 2 to 3 inches in diameter; any larger and they start to lose their mild, sweet flavor.

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As with most squash varieties, yellow eight-ball squash contains some vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and magnesium, most of which are found in its bright yellow skin. They also offer dietary fiber and high water content.

I decided to stuff my little eight-ball squashes with my classic crabmeat au gratin recipe made with Gulf crab claw meat. Of course, this dish is just as delicious served in  porcelain ramekins, but it made a beautiful presentation in these little squash bowls.


Teresa B. Day is a local food writer and author of the “I Eat BR” blog. You can reach her at ieatbrla@gmail.com.