Early Prolific Straightneck

Early Prolific Straightneck Squash, Cucurbita pepo

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Approx: 15 seeds

This early, prolific straightneck summer squash produces creamy yellow, tender fruit of excellent quality early in the season. Plants continue bearing if kept picked and cared for. It has a tapered, straight neck, not curved like Crookneck, making it perfect to slice into lengths for grilling. Tender straightneck squash is delicious sliced thin for fresh dips or cooked in any number of dishes.

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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. 

Days to Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Maturity: 50 days
Height: 24-30 inches
Spread: 24-36 inches
Fruit Size: 6-8 inches
Full Sun

Squash require loamy soils that can retain some moisture, as they do not like to be left too dry for any extended period of time. They require full sun and like a soil that has some organic material in it to draw nutrients from.

Plant near: beans, corn, cucumber, melon, mint, onion, pumpkin
Helped by: borage, marigolds, nasturtiums (which all deter common squash pests).

Squash has many vital poly-phenolics, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Vitamin A, a & b-carotenes, cryptoxantohin-B, lutein
B-complex vitamins (folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, pantothenic acid)
Iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus
Amino acid Tryptophan (a health benefiting GABA which is neuro-chemical in the brain).

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