Crookneck squash

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Cucurbita pepo
'Yellow crookneck'
Crookneck squash along with other types of squash
Species Cucurbita pepo
Cultivar Yellow crookneck
Origin Eastern North America
Crookneck squash
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 19 kcal (79 kJ)
3.9 g
Dietary fiber 1.0 g
0.3 g
1.0 g
Riboflavin (B2)
0.04 mg
Vitamin C
19 mg
222 mg
Other constituents
Water 94 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Crookneck squash is a type of cultivar of Cucurbita pepo,[1] the species that also includes some pumpkins and most other summer squashes. The plants are bushy[1] and do not spread like the plants of winter squash and pumpkin.[2] Most often used as a summer squash, it is characterized by its bumpy,[2] yellow skin and sweet yellow flesh, as well as its distinctive curved stem-end or "crooked neck".[3] It should not be confused with crookneck cultivars of Cucurbita moschata, such as the winter squash 'Golden Cushaw',[4] or the vining summer squash 'Tromboncino'.[1] Its name distinguishes it from another similar-looking variety of C. pepo, the straightneck squash, which is also usually yellow.[5][6][7] There is one similar non-edible C. pepo variety: C. pepo var. ovifera.[8]

Yellow crookneck squash are generally harvested immature, when they are less than two inches in diameter,[2][3] since the skin toughens and the quality degrades as the squash reaches full maturity.[9]


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  8. ^ Decker, Deena S.; Wilson, Hugh D. (1987). "Allozyme Variation in the Cucurbita pepo Complex: C. pepo var. ovifera vs. C. texana". Systematic Botany (American Society of Plant Taxonomists) 12 (2): 263–273. doi:10.2307/2419320. JSTOR 2419320. 
  9. ^ "Summer and Winter Squash". Utah State University Cooperative Extension. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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While the skin appears rough from a distance, they actually have a smooth texture.