What is Yellow Crookneck Squash?

Cucurbita pepo var. torticollia

Gourd or Pumpkin Family-Cucurbitaceae

Also known as Crookneck.

The yellow crookneck squash is a summer squash. It has a wide bulbous blossom end that tapers to a long curved, narrow stem end, referred to as the neck. It has a thin pale yellow skin with a slightly pebbled (bumpy) texture. The skin can also be smooth. The flesh is yellow and sweet.

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How to Cook yellow crookneck

yellow squash and zucchini are cultivars of the same species, Cucurbita pepo. So cook it the way you would a zuchini.

Since it’s a summer squash, it has over 90% water, immature seeds and a thin skin. All parts including the skin is edible.

It can be roasted, baked, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried or braised. Take care not to overcook it. It should remain a little crunchy.

Here is a you-tube video on cooking yellow squash


Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

4 thoughts

  1. One of my favorites. I hope my plants will soon take off, so far they are hesitating, not hot enough I guess.
    My favorite way to prepare them is to slice and lightly cook in a bit of butter or olive oil, maybe some garlic.
    They get bumpy with age so it’s better to pick them before that.

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