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Yellow Crookneck Squash

Aug 15, 2018

Worried about that defective neck? Don't be! It isn't a defect at all. It's perfectly natural-in fact, that's how the crookneck squash got its name.

Appearance & Flavor
Crooknecks, aptly named, resemble a soda bottle with a turned neck. They have bright yellow, shiny exteriors that can land anywhere on the spectrum between smooth and bumpy. Their flesh is pale yellow with soft, small seeds that are edible. As for flavor, these squashes are known for their slight nutty flavor and minor peppery zing. When picking them out, remember the sweet spot is between four and six inches in length and it should be firm and heavy for its size. Avoid crooknecks with uneven coloring, bruises, cuts, and soft spots.

Ways to Enjoy
We have a sweet crookneck recipe for you. Here's a helpful tip to keep in mind: make a lot, so all your guests can have the seconds that they will no doubt be craving. Chop them up raw and add some flavor to your salads. They're great grilled, roasted, sautéed, and braised, or cook them into sauces. This squash can even be used as a pasta substitute.

Availability & Origin 
Crooknecks are available year-round, though they peak during the summer months. Native to New Jersey, they have no trouble growing across the US during the warm, frost-free seasons.

Storage
As a delicate vegetable, they have a short life span. Raw in a plastic bag in the fridge, they will last you three days. After cooking them, you can refrigerate them in an air-tight container for about four days.

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