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Yellow Eight Ball Squash
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Yellow eight ball squash is similar in color and taste to the oblong, yellow straight neck squash. It has a mild creamy white flesh and a bright yellow skin that is tender and sweet. They generally range in size from one to four inches in diameter. The more petite sized squash have the sweetest and most flavorful flesh, while the larger sizes are firmer, but excellent for stuffing. Squash that mature to be larger than four inches have a tendency to develop a woody texture and hard inedible seeds.
The Yellow eight ball squash is available in the summer months.
The Yellow eight ball squash is botanically classified as part of Cucurbita pepo and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. It is a hybrid summer squash variety with an almost perfectly round shape, hence the name. This bright yellow skinned cultivar is sometimes called a One ball squash due to their similarity to the one ball in billiards. With ideal growing conditions the green "star" bordering the stem or blossom end of the squash will become more pronounced.
Yellow eight ball squash contains some vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and magnesium, nutrients which are found mostly in the bright yellow skin of the squash. They also offer dietary fiber and high water content.
Yellow eight ball squash can be subsisted for gold bar squash, yellow crook neck or even classic zucchini in many recipes. When young and petite it can be roasted or skewered and grilled whole. More mature squash will be the ideal size for scooping out, stuffing and baking. Slice thin and combine with the green or white variants of the eight ball squash for a unique presentation. Alternate slices for an attractive zucchini tart or ratatouille. Its delicate flavor pairs well with corn, tomato, fresh herbs, eggplant, sausage, pasta, and cheeses such as parmesan, feta and mozzarella. To store keep Yellow eight ball squash dry and refrigerated until ready to use. For best flavor and texture use Yellow eight ball squash within one week.
Eight ball squash was a 1999 All-American Selections winner developed by Larry Hollar of Hollar Seeds. The variety proved to be so successful in the United States that Hollar soon after went on to develop two other ball type varieties; cue ball squash, a light green ball variety and One ball squash or Yellow eight ball squash. While ball variety squashes such as these have long been popular in Europe these hybrids from Hollar were the first commercially successful round summer squashes to be released in the United States and in fact were developed from seeds of various round squash varieties collected by Hollar from around the world.
The Yellow eight ball squash is one of three recent round squash hybrids developed by Hollar Seeds of Rocky Ford, Colorado. The first of the three was the classic green eight ball squash developed in 1999. Soon after the success of green eight ball squash One ball or Yellow eight ball squash would be released. Yellow eight ball squash grows on bushes in an upright habit and will be a prolific fruiter providing multiple harvests throughout the season. Their bright color not only makes them easy to spot and harvest but also makes the Yellow eight ball squash a beautiful ornamental plant.
Recipes that include Yellow Eight Ball Squash. One is easiest, three is harder.
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