Vegetables and Fruit forum→Is there a difference between zucchini and yellow summer squash

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Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
Jan 29, 2019 10:19 AM CST
So I'm trying to pick out zuke and yellow summer squash varieties. I've seen several yellow summer squash that are actually listed as yellow zucchini. Other than color is there really a difference between the yellow summer squash that look like a yellow zucchini. I've had the store boughten variety and honestly I cook the zucchini and the yellow squash together and I don't remember tasting a big difference but I'm not sure if that's because they were cooked together. If there is a difference, maybe I'll stay away from the ones that are listed as yellow zucchini.
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Name: Paul Fish
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PaulF
Jan 29, 2019 10:39 AM CST
I like to grow a green zucchini and a yellow variety. The taste is the same to my taste buds, I just like the different colors. There are so many different varieties of summer squashes in several sizes, shapes and colors and growth habits that you can pick a choose what looks good. They are easy to grow, too.
Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
Jan 29, 2019 11:15 AM CST
PaulF said:I like to grow a green zucchini and a yellow variety. The taste is the same to my taste buds, I just like the different colors. There are so many different varieties of summer squashes in several sizes, shapes and colors and growth habits that you can pick a choose what looks good. They are easy to grow, too.


Yeah I wasn't sure if there was a difference in the taste or not. The difference in color is enough for me really. I am getting Ronde de Nice as well which I might try to stuff like a pepper. I think I'll get one more variety. I saw a zucchini from France? that had fruit the size of golfballs which just sounded rather interesting.
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ElPolloDiablo
Jan 29, 2019 12:37 PM CST
thommesM said:So I'm trying to pick out zuke and yellow summer squash varieties. I've seen several yellow summer squash that are actually listed as yellow zucchini. Other than color is there really a difference between the yellow summer squash that look like a yellow zucchini. I've had the store boughten variety and honestly I cook the zucchini and the yellow squash together and I don't remember tasting a big difference but I'm not sure if that's because they were cooked together. If there is a difference, maybe I'll stay away from the ones that are listed as yellow zucchini.


In 2016 I got an unnamed yellow squash variety from Ukraine on trade together with the excellent (cannot recommend them highly enough) Donbass zucchini.
I tried planting a few and honestly I shouldn't really have bothered: plants aren't that productive and the squashes themselves are hard and nigh on tasteless. But I have been spoiled by those Donbass zucchini...
From what I have been able to piece together that's the basic difference between yellow squashes and zucchinis: texture and taste. Summer squashes however have the benefit of lasting much longer without refrigeration, and that alone was a bonus in the days of yore. With refrigeration now everywhere, yellow squashes are losing their reason of existence.
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Jan 29, 2019 1:45 PM CST
It is not the colour, its the type. Zucchini has taste unique to other types. While different varieties has varied taste combinations and textures, that unique zucchini taste carries over to all of them. On the other hand Crooknecks and straight necks which are usually called yellow squash don't have that unique flavor, nor do scallops which are also available in yellow , white and varying shades of green. A yellow zuke might have a different overall flesh than a dark green one, it is still distinctively zucchini. I like the drier Mediterranean types myself.
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Jan 29, 2019 1:48 PM CST
I'd like to grow that bright yellow patty pan just for the color! Gorgeous! Well, in Burpee's catalog...
Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Jan 29, 2019 2:19 PM CST
That is Sunburst, one the most popular Yellow scallops. Performs well, has resistance to Powdery mildew, good flavor. holds well. Patty Pan Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Sunburst')
Sunbeam is quite similar, but has tendency to be green at high temperatures. Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Sunbeam')
The antique Yellow scallop is good except when PM is prevalent. Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Yellow Scallop')

My current favorite is the pale yellow Coronation. Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo 'Coronation')
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Jan 29, 2019 5:48 PM CST
Sunburst-that's the one. So pretty!
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Julius51
Jun 22, 2019 4:08 AM CST
The Zucchini speaks Italian.
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sallyg
Jun 23, 2019 2:10 PM CST
Seems to me like the yellow crookneck or straightneck types develop a bigger seed cavity and thicker skin sooner than a zucchini will.
I like yellow squash with sauteed onions and stewed in a pot. Zucchini seems to stand on its own better, roasted or sauteed with olive oil.
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