The Cucurbita genus has many varieties of squash classified by, if they are harvested in summer or winter. Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) are collected throughout the summer and are best eaten immediately — hence the name Summer squash. C. pepo fruit is green or yellow, and either round or oblong in shape. The young leaves and flowers can also be eaten.
Summer squash are frost sensitive, fast maturing plants. Many varieties are ready to eat in six to eight weeks. The culinary delights are extremely fertile. Plant more than one variety of gastronomic delights. Pick the fruits soon after they appear when they are 6 to 8 cm long and 1-and-1/2 to 2 inches wide. Frequent picking will increase your harvest. Smaller fruits taste better.
Summer squash grows on Bush like plants more resistant than their less space, winter squash cousins. They come in three forms. Scallop or patty pan is round and flattened, with scalloped edges. Constricted neck is thinner at the root. The shaft end may be curved (crookneck) or straight (Straightneck). Cylindrical or club-shaped summer squash, like zucchini cocozelle, and Caserta, have a more or less similar width along its elongated shapes.
Yellow Scallop and cylindrically shaped Summer Squash
Scallop-shaped squash are usually white or light green. However, a hybrid variant, Sunburst, bright yellow with a green dot on the blossom end. Another hybrid, Sun Drops, has an oval shape and a creamy yellow color. The variety Goldrush has cylindrical fruit. It is as zucchini, no Straightneck classified. Goldrush is an All American Selection, it is a deep golden color and has an excellent quality of the fruit.
Narrowed neck Summer Squash
Recommended varieties of yellow constricted neck squash are open-pollinated varieties, saved seeds to be planted to the same plant, and hybrids, the seeds do not produce the same system can be accessed. Open pollinated summer squash include the light cream colored early prolific Straightneck and early summer crookneck yellow, the flesh and has serious income Warted. Hybrid varieties include Sundance, an early bright yellow crookneck varieties with smooth skin and the variety Straightneck Goldbar the golden yellow skin and has an erect plant form.