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Yellow Crookneck squash has a smooth, delicate yellow skin. Its flesh is dense, pale yellow and layered with soft, edible seeds. As its name suggests its shape is curved along its slim neck and widens at the base of the squash. For best flavor and texture Yellow Crookneck squash should be harvested at 12-16 centimeters or less in length. Its flavor is mild and buttery with nuances of black pepper and nuts, similar to that of zucchini. If allowed to fully mature and dry on the vine it will harden and take on an orange hue, its skin additionally will become increasingly warted with lumps, bumps and lineations.
Yellow Crookneck squash is available year-round with a peak season in the summer months.
Yellow Crookneck squash is a summer variety of squash and botanically a member of Cucurbita pepo. The crookneck variety is predominately found in North America and prior to the arrival of the zucchini was the dominant summer squash grown. It can be harvested when immature as a baby Yellow Crookneck, when full sized as a Yellow Crookneck or left on the vine to fully mature to a hardened gourd stage. It is one of the few summer squash types that can be dried to a gourd like stage.