The more general word “squash” is a derivation of a New England Native American term “askutasquash,” meaning vegetables consumed while green, in other words, a summer squash. Squash was domesticated in a variety of New World sites, including central Mexico, Peru, and the eastern United States, as early as 10,000 years ago.
Yellow Straightneck squash is believed to have come about as an offspring of the yellow crookneck squash. Studies on squash DNA done by Vegetable Crop Research Scientist Dr. Harry Paris indicate that the Straightneck squash was a result of an out-crossing of a cultivator of the crookneck group with a cultivator of the acorn group. The Yellow Straightneck was first introduced in 1938 by Ferry Morse, the oldest seed company in the United States. Prior to the development of the zucchini the Yellow straightneck and crookneck were the two most popular types of summer squash grown in North America. Like many summer squashes the Yellow Straightneck is easy to grow and will be a prolific fruiter provided it is given ample sun exposure and grown in well-drained soil.