Winter Squash, Canada Crookneck (Organic)
Cucurbita moschata. 90 days.
Another great butternut-type squash that matures in our climate! Canada Crookneck is a bottle shaped “neck squash” that the present-day butternut type was selected from. Very productive and holds well in storage when properly cured. Average size is 3 ½ lbs, though a few reach 6 lbs. Not all necks are curved. Unique shape takes a bit of getting used to but after testing it in the kitchen, we’ve come to prefer it. The bulbous end is easily cut into two perfectly sized bowls that are a fun and delicious way to serve stuffed squash. Size and shape of the neck make it easy to peel (skin does soften enough when cooked to skip this step), quarter lengthwise, and slice into bite-sized chunks. Reported to resist squash vine borers. First offered commercially in 1834 though it’s said to have originated with the Iroquois Nations. Canada Crookneck is included in the Slow Food Ark of Taste.
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6′ wide rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young plants are sensitive, we recommend row cover to protect from frost and insects.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry. Isolate from other squash of the same species by at least ½ mile.