Zucchini Squash is green and often skinnier than the yellow version. Unlike its winter counterpart, Summer Squash is completely edible, rind, seeds, and all. They may range in size, shape, and color but they can all be interchanged in any recipe.
Summer Squash are popular and tasty gourd vegetables that are closely related to cucumbers, melons and pumpkins. From historical evidence, squash appear to be native to the Americas and an important vegetable in primitive agriculture.
Squash and pumpkin cultivation date back 9,000 years in Central America and Mexico. Native Americans grew Boston Marrows squash which is the oldest squash still in commercial production.
Flowers of both Zucchini and crook-neck are edible and the Zuni tribes of the Southwest used the squash blossoms in soups.
Summer squash differs from it’s winter squash cousin by growing on bushes instead of vines (like pumpkins) and summer squash is picked before the rind hardens and the fruit matures.
Size: 1204, #4
Spacing: Plant 36″ apart in 40″ rows.
Height: Grows 18″ to 24″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Very easy to grow. Harvest when fruit is about 7 inches long for best flavor.
Tips: Pick mature Squash on a daily basis to keep the plant producing longer. Leaving ripe Squash on the vine will cause it to become tough and inedible.
Uses: Garden Vegetable/Fruit