Yellow crookneck squash
Crookneck squash along with other types of squash
|Origin||Eastern North America|
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||19 kcal (79 kJ)|
|- Dietary fiber||1.0 g|
|Riboflavin (vit. B2)||0.04 mg (3%)|
|Vitamin C||19 mg (23%)|
|Potassium||222 mg (5%)|
|Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Yellow crookneck squash is one of the many cultivars of Cucurbita pepo, the species that also includes some pumpkins and most other summer squashes. The plants are bushy, and do not spread like the plants of winter squash and pumpkin. It is most often used as a summer squash, and is characterized by its bumpy, yellow skin and sweet yellow flesh, as well as its distinctive curved stem-end or "crooked neck". It should not be confused with crookneck cultivars of Cucurbita moschata, such as the winter squash 'Golden Cushaw', or the vining summer squash 'Tromboncino'. Its name distinguishes it from its close relative, the yellow summer squash, which has a straight neck.
Yellow crookneck squash are generally harvested immature, when they are less than two inches in diameter, since the skin toughens and the quality degrades as the squash reaches full maturity.
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