Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash
Gorgeous and enormous—fruits weigh 10-20 pounds. Very easy to prepare since the seeds are all contained neatly in the bottom bulb of the fruit. Simply cut the long curved neck into rings and bake. Sweet dark orange flesh, excellent for pies or soups. Good keeper.
- 100-110 days
- Dark orange flesh is sweet
- Winter squash
- Long, curved necks
- Excellent for pies and soups
- Good keeper
This variety works for:
To prepare your squash, rinse the exterior and then cut in half and remove the seeds before baking, roasting, etc. You can simply remove the bottom bulb of this variety, which is where all of the seeds are stored.
Winter squash can be pureed and sweetened as an addition to breads, muffins, cakes and pies. Diced and roasted squash can be tossed in warm salads of grains and nuts or with sautéed kale.
Summer squash are best eaten when they are small and the seeds are immature. Sliced thinly, summer squash are used in gratins and savory pies or sautéed or breaded and fried.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed. Hills should be spaced 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Great producer and flavor
Tested these in my raised beds, potting bags, and directly in our clay soil last year. Had to leave garden unattended for a few months due to crisis. Only thing that really produced they were amazing. Even in Tennessee clay no watering nothing they produced alright. We got around 50 lbs off three hills. Squash bugs got to them but they only were able to take about an inch off neck.
Gotta watch that they don't grow into the fence with the long neck we had a few deformed that required a little machete work to get to the table
Excellent tasting stored great not that bad I think they are easier to prep even highly recommend.
Exceptional squash with great storing capacity
I planted this last year, and it did exceptionally well. I have one left (it is March 30th)
Prolific, good for storage, resistant to squash bugs
I planted these last year in my community garden. I had other squash in the same garden, summer squash, that got a huge squash bug infestation and were devastated. These squash didn't have a single bug on them. They produced so much fruit that it took us an entire winter of coconut squash curry soup to get through them all. Each one of them lasted in our basement without any issues with mold or decay - even when we were still using up the last of the harvest in May!
Highly recommend for anyone who wants to prolong their garden bounty through the winter in places like WI where we basically can't grow anything for half the year.
Great producer, great flavor
Planted 3 plants in sandy soil in SW Wisconsin. Yielded 40lb/plant. Really have enjoyed these roasted, in soups, curries, and as pie. Sweet tender squash. Harvested in early Sept and finished the last one in January. They may have kept longer than that.
favorite winter squash!
This squash is amazing! I cannot believe how BIG they got! Beautiful, creamy flesh. Equally good as a savory or sweet dish. Was so east to slice and roast. But you're gonna want some room for this baby - very long vines to go with those big squash!
In zone 8b, with a VERY hot dry summer, I did not have any fruit set, even when hand pollinated, until temps consistently dipped below 100. Did VERY well in a 3 sisters plot - I think the shade from the corn made all the difference. The vines obviously went rambling out from under the shade and got full blazing sun, but the roots were well protected and kept moist. Experimented with several varieties of squash, but I noticed the biggest difference with this one.