21 of the Best Summer Squash Varieties for Your Garden

If the thought of summer squash brings to mind images of yellow crooknecks and little else, get ready to make a new discovery – there are so many different types!

These include straightnecks, zucchini, pattypans, round cultivars, and even some with bold stripes and other intriguing patterns.

I’ve created a helpful list of 21 of the best summer squash varieties you can grow in your garden.

A vertical picture of a wicker basket with several different types of summer squash scattered around, from dark green zucchini to yellow crookneck. To the top and bottom of the frame is green and white text.

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I’ve included some open-pollinated heirlooms with deep historical roots, some super productive and disease resistant hybrids – and some oddball varieties for the adventurous among us.

These members of the cucurbit family are all tender annuals and they are fairly quick to mature.

Unlike winter squash and pumpkins, which require a longer growing season, even if you find yourself reading this in midsummer, it may not be too late to get sowing!

Summer squash has so many culinary uses, and some types are particularly well-suited for specific purposes, so I’ll make sure to point these out to you.

A close up top down picture of a metal plate with a number of different summer squash varieties, in green and yellow, set on a marble surface.

I’ll also let you know how big you can expect the plants to grow, when to harvest for the best taste and texture, and how many days you will require from sowing to harvesting.

Here’s a sneak-peek at my list, with detailed descriptions to follow:


If you’re a foodie and the standard crookneck squash seems a bit too pedestrian for you, let’s take a moment to delve into its history.

In his excellent book “Heirloom Vegetable Gardening,” available on Amazon, William Woys Weaver offers very good evidence that yellow crookneck squash originated in New Jersey and was cultivated by the Lenape people prior to European colonization.

A close up of the base of a plant with ripe yellow crookneck squash, pictured in light filtered sunshine.

I don’t know about you, but for me that rich heritage gives it a whole new allure as a desirable summer squash to grow in my garden.

Yellow crookneck varieties are recognizable by their slender, curved necks, and bulbous bodies.

The skins of these varieties can be smooth, bumpy, or downright warty – with wartiness increasing as the fruits mature.

A close up of yellow crookneck squash, freshly harvested from the garden and set on a white surface.

If you’ve only ever had yellow crookneck with flesh that was overwhelmingly seedy and watery, give it another chance and harvest it small, for better flavor.

Crooknecks can be baked, sauteed, grilled, or spiralized – and you can even turn them into a hearty soup.

For a delicious example of a yellow crookneck soup, check out this recipe on our sister site Foodal for summer squash soup with cheesy zucchini crispies.

And don’t forget to check out our crookneck growing guide for more tips.

1. Early Summer

‘Early Summer’ is an heirloom, open-pollinated crookneck variety that has been sold in catalogs since 1928.

Fruits have narrow, curved necks, and are light yellow in color with semi-smooth skin. These crooknecks have a sweet and buttery flavor with a creamy, tender texture.

Best when harvested at four to six inches in length, ‘Early Summer’ crooknecks have small seed cavities and hold well after picking.

A close up of a wooden basket containing the yellow fruits of 'Early Summer Crookneck' squash.

‘Early Summer’

These summer squash grow on compact, semi-open bushes that reach three to four feet wide and two feet tall at maturity, and have some resistance to squash vine borers.

‘Early Summer’ is highly productive and fruit will be ready to harvest in 50 days.

You’ll find ‘Early Summer’ seeds in a selection of package sizes available at Eden Brothers.

2. Pic-N-Pic

If the idea of being up to your elbows in summer squash doesn’t daunt you, you might try growing a prolific hybrid. ‘Pic-N-Pic’ is a crookneck squash hybrid that was bred for high productivity and good flavor.

Fruits are golden yellow with smooth, tender skin, and are best picked when they are four to six inches long.

A close up of a wooden barrel full of the crookneck squash variety 'PicNPic' on a dark background.


Bushes have a three- to four-foot spread, and grow two to two and a half feet tall at maturity with an open habit, which makes picking the fruit easy.

‘Pic-N-Pic‘ crooknecks will be ready to harvest in just 50 days.

You’ll find ‘Pic-N-Pic’ seeds in packets of 65, available at Burpee.

3. Supersett

Want that bumper crop of summer squash early? ‘Supersett’ is an early-maturing hybrid crookneck that provides generous harvests with delicate flavor.

Harvested yellow crookneck Supersett squash in a basket on a rustic tablecloth.

Also known as ‘Superset,’ this variety produces fruits with glossy yellow, smooth skin. Fine-textured flesh has a sweet and nutty flavor.

Fruits should be picked at five to six inches in length.

‘Supersett’ grows on open bush plants with few spines, and has excellent mildew resistance.

You’ll start harvesting these crooknecks in just 40 days.

Yellow Straightneck

Yellow straightnecks are very much like crooknecks – but without the crook. Some home cooks prefer these varieties because the straight shape makes them easier to slice or chop.

A close up of yellow summer squash growing in the garden with stalks and soil in the background.

And many small market farmers prefer growing straightnecks to crooknecks because they are less prone to breakage during transport – no delicate necks to worry about.

Apart from the necks, straightnecks are very much like crooknecks – with slim necks and bulbous blossom ends.

Young fruits have thin skin that will become tougher as the fruit matures.

Fruits are yellow, or yellow with a green tint, and can be either smooth or bumpy, depending on the cultivar.

In the kitchen, straightnecks work well for sauteing, roasting, and grilling, and can be used as a substitute in pretty much any recipe that calls for zucchini.

In fact, yellow straightnecks make delicious spiralized noodles, and your homegrown harvest could be used in this mouthwatering recipe for zucchini spaghetti with peaches and pumpkin seed pesto from our sister site, Foodal.

4. Early Prolific

One of the most popular straightneck varieties, ‘Early Prolific’ is an open-pollinated heirloom that won the All-America Selections prize in 1938.

Plants produce light yellow, club-shaped summer squash that have slightly bumpy skin.

These straightnecks – best picked when four to six inches long – are well-loved for their buttery, nutty flavor.

A close up of two yellow fruits of 'Early Prolific Straightneck' squash set on the ground. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo with text.

‘Early Prolific’

Plants grow in an open, bushy form. They have a two- to three-foot spread and grow two to two and a half feet tall at maturity.

‘Early Prolific’ will be ready to harvest in 50 days.

You’ll find ‘Early Prolific’ seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at True Leaf Market.

5. Lioness

If you’ve had issues with disease in your squash plants in the past, you may want to try growing ‘Lioness,’ a hybrid variety with broad disease tolerance.

The fruits of this productive cultivar are yellow with a greenish tint – even when they are mature. They are best picked at seven inches in length or smaller.


Plants have a bushy habit with a two- to three-foot spread, and reach two to two and a half feet tall at maturity.

‘Lioness’ is resistant to zucchini yellow mosaic virus, watermelon mosaic virus, papaya ringspot virus, and cucumber mosaic virus. Fruit will be ready to harvest in 50 days.

You’ll find ‘Lioness’ seeds available for purchase in packs of 250 or 1,000 from Harris Moran via Amazon.

6. Zephyr

‘Zephyr’ will stand out when you grow it in your garden, leaving no mistake about which variety of summer squash it is.

The fruits of this high-yielding straightneck have an intriguing two-toned pattern. These summer squashes are yellow with light green ends, making them look like they were partially dipped in green dye.

How did these fruits acquire such a beautiful appearance? Developed by Johnny’s Selected Seeds, ‘Zephyr’ is a hybrid cultivar that has yellow crookneck, delicata, and acorn squash in its ancestry.

A close up of a blue plastic crate filled with 'Zephyr' zucchini that has half yellow and half green skin.

‘Zephyr’ is best harvested when fruits are four to six inches long, as the skin will become tougher as they get larger.

This cultivar also has a few quirks – some fruits may have crooks instead of being totally straight, and the first fruits to develop on the plants are sometimes yellow with green stripes.

Generally, fruits are yellow with a green tip at the blossom end, and have faint white stripes that can become more distinct as they mature.


Fruits are tasty with a nutty flavor and firm texture. They grow on two-foot-tall bushes with an open growth habit, making picking easy.

‘Zephyr’ has good general disease and insect resistance, and will be ready to start harvesting in 54 days.

You’ll find ‘Zephyr’ seeds available for purchase in packs of 25 seeds from Dave’s Garden Seeds via Amazon.


Like the other types of summer squash mentioned in this list, zucchini has its origins in the Americas – so why the Italian-sounding name?

A close up of a box set amongst foliage with a selection of different summer squash fresh from the garden, pictured in light filtered sunshine.

Although the species originated in the Americas, zucchini-type squashes were first cultivated in Italy.

You can learn more about zucchini’s history and gain helpful information for cultivating these plants in our complete guide to growing zucchini.

Compared to crookneck and straightneck varieties, zucchini have a straighter shape, thinner skin, and slightly flattened sides.

Zucchini is wonderful spiralized, steamed, sauteed, grilled, or fried.

And if you suddenly discover a baseball-bat-sized zuke growing on one of your plants, well darn, you’ll just have to make some zucchini bread. Such a tragedy.

If you need a recipe, there’s one for healthy and delicious zucchini bread on our sister site, Foodal.

7. Black Beauty

‘Black Beauty’ is a well-known, open-pollinated heirloom cultivar that has gained widespread popularity for good reason.

It won the All-America Selections prize in 1957, rewarded for its tasty fruit, abundant harvests, and ease of growing.

Long, straight fruits have tender, dark green to black skin, and creamy white flesh. ‘Black Beauty’ is just as good raw as it is cooked, and it also makes an excellent cultivar for freezing.

A close up of freshly harvested 'Black Beauty' zucchini with dark green skin, set on a wooden surface.

‘Black Beauty’

Fruits are tasty, and usually best when picked at 8 inches long or less, though they often remain tender at much larger sizes.

Bushy plants are fast-growing, spreading three to four feet and growing to about two feet tall – with harvestable fruit in 50 days.

You’ll find ‘Black Beauty’ seeds available for purchase in an assortment of packet sizes at Eden Brothers.

8. Caserta

‘Caserta’ is another All-America Selections Winner, this time in 1949.

Originally bred at the University of Connecticut, the fruits of this open-pollinated heirloom variety have a beautiful coloring – light green mottled with dark green.

Slender fruits are cylindrical and slightly tapered, with a rich, full taste, and a firm, creamy texture.

While these zucchini are best picked at eight inches in length, they often remain tender up to 16 inches long. Mottling can turn into more distinct stripes, particularly in mature fruit.

A close up of two 'Caserta' squash, with light green skin mottled with dark flecks, set on a wooden surface.


Bush-type plants are vigorous and productive, growing two feet tall with a three- to four-foot spread at maturity.

‘Caserta’ will be ready to harvest in 60 days.

You’ll find ‘Caserta’ seeds in an assortment of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

9. Grey

‘Grey’ zucchini is a heat-resistant variety that thrives when grown in arid locations. It is popular in Mexico and the Southwest.

Also called ‘Gray,’ ‘Tender Grey,’ or ‘Mexican Grey,’ fruits of this cultivar are stocky and colored light or dark greenish-grey, with lighter colored flecks.

It’s best to harvest ‘Grey’ when fruits are around seven inches long, though they often remain tender at much larger sizes.

A close up of the ripe fruits of 'Grey' zucchini growing in the garden with a flower to the left of the frame and foliage in the background.

‘Grey’ Zucchini

Semi-bush plants grow to 24 inches tall with a three- to four-foot spread at maturity.

‘Grey’ has good general disease resistance and is ready to harvest in 45 to 60 days.

You’ll find ‘Grey’ seeds in an assortment of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

Striped Zucchini

Striped zucchini provide a little more visual interest than their unstriped summer squash counterparts.

But the value of these varieties doesn’t stop at mere looks – many of these cultivars are extremely tasty, sometimes with more flavor than your average zucchini.

A close up of a large striped zucchini, ready to harvest, with foliage in the background.

While there are some hybrid striped zucchini cultivars, many of these are Italian heirlooms. When you taste one, you’ll understand why these seeds were saved, grown, and cherished for generations.

Striped zucchini can be used just like other types of zucchini – for spiralizing, grilling, or making zucchini bread – but one culinary use that really shows off the stripes is to use these summer squash to make boats for roasting and stuffing.

If you’ve never made zucchini boats before, have a look at this recipe for stuffed zucchini with millet, tomatoes, and olives on our sister site, Foodal.

10. Cocozelle

‘Cocozelle’ is an open-pollinated heirloom cultivar that was grown all the way back in the 1880s.

The long, straight fruits have dark green skin with light green stripes and slight ribbing. They are extremely flavorful, with a slightly nutty taste and dense flesh.

‘Cocozelle’ is at its tastiest when fruits are six to 10 inches long.

A close up of a light green striped 'Cocozelle' zucchini growing in the garden, with foliage and soil in the background.


Bushy plants have an open growth habit and few spines, making picking a breeze. Plants mature to three to four feet wide and around two feet tall.

‘Cocozelle’ will be ready for picking in 45 to 60 days.

You’ll find ‘Cocozelle’ seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

11. Costata Romanesco

‘Costata Romanesco’ is an open-pollinated heirloom from Italy that has gardeners coming back to it year after year for its superior flavor.

Embodying the “slow food” philosophy, it’s not a heavy producer compared to some summer squash, and is a little slower than others to get going – but once it does, its fruits are a treat.

Fruits are deeply ribbed, giving rise to its other moniker, ‘Italian Ribbed.’ When sliced, its cross sections look like little stars – offering a unique presentation for either fresh eating or frying.

A close up of zucchini slices showing a star-shaped cross section.

Fruits are dark green with narrow, light green stripes along the ribs, and light flecks. The dense flesh is  never watery, and they have a distinctive, nutty flavor and tender skin.

‘Costata Romanesco’ is best picked when six to eight inches long.

Plants produce lots of sturdy male flowers, which are excellent to use for making stuffed squash flowers, one of the traditional uses of ‘Costata Romanesco’ in Italy.

A close up of a 'Romanesco' zucchini with star shaped cross section slices to the left of the frame, set on a wooden surface.

‘Costata Romanesco’

Plants are sprawling with vines growing up to five feet long at maturity, and they are resistant to powdery mildew.

‘Costata Romanesco’ will be ready to harvest in 60 days.

You’ll find ‘Costata Romanesco’ seeds in a selection of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

12. Green Tiger

‘Green Tiger’ is a beautifully striped hybrid cultivar that comes with the added bonus of disease resistance.

Cylindrical fruits are glossy with bold, dark and light green stripes, and not much flecking – and they are as tasty as they look.

‘Green Tiger’ is best picked when fruits are six to eight inches long, but fruits can also be picked at three inches if you are in the mood for baby zucchini.

A close up of the striped fruits of 'Green Tiger,' a summer squash variety set on a wooden surface.

‘Green Tiger’

Bush type plants are upright with a two-foot spread and grow up to two to three feet tall at maturity.

‘Green Tiger’ is resistant to watermelon mosaic virus and zucchini yellow mosaic virus, with first harvests ready for picking in 55 to 60 days.

You can find packets of 25 seeds available at Home Depot.

Yellow Zucchini

While you already have plenty of delicious zucchini options so far in this summer squash list, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a handful of yellow zucchini cultivars.

The bright yellow hue will brighten up your meals, and some say they have a sweeter taste than their green counterparts.

Yellow zukes are also easier to spot on plants than green ones, making it more likely that you’ll pick them before they turn into mini submarines.

A close up of a wicker basket containing yellow zucchini freshly harvested and set on a wooden surface.

And if you’re wondering what the difference is between yellow straightnecks and yellow zucchini, as far as eating goes, yellow zucchini is less watery than yellow straightneck, and has a nuttier flavor.

In the kitchen, yellow zucchini works well for spiralizing, sauteing, roasting, or eating as crudite.

It would also be a star in a grilled veggie platter. Try it in this recipe for grilled veggies with balsamic and garlic, also on Foodal.

13. Cube of Butter

‘Cube of Butter’ is a hybrid cultivar that provides generous harvests of tender yellow zucchini.

Fruits are lemon yellow with creamy white flesh and a succulent texture – and they have a buttery flavor when eaten either cooked or raw.

Generally picked at six to eight inches, these zucchini will maintain their high-quality flavor and texture when they are up to 10 inches long.

A close up of a seed packet showing a hand-drawn image of a bright yellow squash 'Butter Summer Squash' growing on the vine, surrounded by text.

‘Cube of Butter’ Seed Packet

Open bush type plants mature to three to four feet wide and two feet tall, and with few spines, they are easy to pick.

‘Cube of Butter’ has good general disease resistance, and in particular it is resistant to zucchini yellow mosaic virus, downy mildew, and podi virus.

You’ll get your first harvests of these delectable yellow zucchini in 50 days.

‘Cube of Butter’ is available for purchase in packs of 10 seeds from Botanical Interests.

14. Golden Zebra

If yellow zucchini isn’t unique enough for you, how about a patterned cultivar?

Try ‘Golden Zebra,’ a golden-colored hybrid with faint white stripes.

Straight, cylindrical fruits are bright yellow with white stripes that become more pronounced as fruits mature.

‘Golden Zebra’ is a flavorful summer squash with a meaty texture, and is best picked at seven to eight inches long or smaller.

A close up of freshly harvested yellow 'Golden Zebra' zucchini set in a plastic crate, with foliage and flowers surrounding them.

‘Golden Zebra’

Bush plants are a compact two- to three-feet by two- to three-feet at maturity in terms of height and spread, and they will give you your first harvest in 50 to 60 days.

You’ll find ‘Golden Zebra’ in packets of 30 seeds available at Burpee.

15. Rheinau Gold

If yellow zucchini sounds great but you’d prefer to grow an open-pollinated variety for saving seeds, consider ‘Rheinau Gold.’

This cultivar was developed in biodynamic conditions by organic seed company Sativa Rheinau, based in Switzerland.

Flavorful fruits have thin, golden yellow skin and don’t grow quite as large as most green varieties.

A close up of three bright yellow 'Rheinau Gold' zucchini fruits set on the ground with foliage and a flower in the background.

Bush plants grow in an open habit for easy picking, and produce a first harvest in 50 days.

Read more about growing gold and yellow zucchini here.

Round and Oval

What if you could take a zucchini and reshape it to make it round? Great idea, right?

Luckily for you, you won’t need to engage in any home-breeding experiments, since the work of creating this type of cultivar has already been done.

French and Italian plant breeders beat us to this idea, having bred heirloom zucchini that are round in shape before the local US supermarkets even knew what zucchini was.

A close up of a box containing round zucchini fruits, some deep green, and others light green with white flecks.

And along with these round varieties, there are also some that are oval in shape.

These types of summer squash are great for stuffing, and would be a good alternative to bell peppers for those following a nightshade-free diet.

Another one of my favorite uses for these is to slice them and stack them for making Mediterranean-style veggie timbales.

16. Golden Egg

‘Golden Egg’ is an early-maturing and prolific summer squash hybrid with a bright yellow hue.

The eye-catching fruits of this cultivar are egg-shaped, with greenish-white flesh, and a sweet and nutty flavor.

These are best when picked at four inches long, and are excellent for stuffing.

A close up of a small yellow zucchini 'Golden Egg,' with yellow flesh and an oval shape.

‘Golden Egg’

Yellow fruits are easy to see for picking on sprawling plants that can spread up to 6 feet at maturity.

‘Golden Egg’ will be ready to harvest in just 41 days.

You’ll find ‘Golden Egg’ seeds in packets of 25 available at Burpee.

17. Ronde de Nice

‘Ronde de Nice’ is a French heirloom dating back to the 1800s that holds up well in hot climates, and it has good general disease and insect resistance.

This open-pollinated and extremely productive cultivar is also known as ‘Rond de Nice,’ ‘Round French,’ or ‘French Round.’

Fruits are round and milky-green colored with a meaty texture and rich flavor, making them stars for stuffing, grilling, or braising.

For the best flavor and texture, ‘Ronde de Nice’ should be harvested when fruits are between one and four inches wide.

A close up of a wooden chopping board with round zucchini squash, some whole and one sliced into rounds. The variety is light green with light flecks and is called 'Ronde de Nice.' In the background is a wicker basket.

‘Ronde de Nice’

Plants grow in a compact bush shape, reaching mature dimensions of three feet wide and three feet tall, and they have beautiful variegated leaves.

‘Ronde de Nice’ will be ready to pick in 52 days.

You’ll find ‘Ronde de Nice’ seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

18. Tatume

‘Tatume’ is a pumpkin-shaped heirloom summer squash that is popular in Mexico and Texas. It’s very heat tolerant, and grows well in the Southwest.

Also known as ‘Calabacita,’ this high-yielding cultivar produces greenish-gray fruit with faint stripes.

‘Tatume’ has firm, flavorful flesh, and its prolific flowers are excellent for stuffing.

Pick these fruits when they are the size of a softball for the best taste and flavor – or let them mature to bowling ball size and use them for making zucchini bread instead.

Close up of a ripe tatume squash fruit growing on the vine.


‘Tatume’ has good general disease and insect resistance, particularly to squash vine borers.

Plants produce vigorous sprawling vines that can grow up to 12 feet long at maturity, with squash that are ready to harvest in 65 days.

You’ll find ‘Tatume’ seeds available for purchase in various sized packs at True Leaf Market.


Scallop squash are also called pattypans, with both names referencing their resemblance to scalloped cake or pie pans.

A close up, top down picture of small wooden boxes containing different varieties of patty pan, or scallop squash, in various colors, yellow, dark and light green.

These are best picked small when the skin and seeds are still tender. If you happen to miss some though, larger pattypans can be peeled, and the tougher seeds removed.

Scallop squash can be sliced or cubed for sauteing, roasting, or frying. My favorite way to use these summer squash is to stuff them, which really shows off their unique shape.

A close up of a scallop shaped patty pan squash stuffed with rice, set on a wooden plate with a knife and fork to the right of the frame.

Also sometimes referred to as flying saucer squash, scallop varieties come in a range of colors, including white, yellow, green, and also patterned.

19. Bennings Green Tint

‘Bennings Green Tint’ is an open-pollinated heirloom scallop developed by Charles N. Farr, a market grower from the Benning neighborhood of Washington, DC, who started selling the variety around 1896.

These pattypans are pale green in color, turning white as they mature.

A productive summer squash cultivar, it’s also known as ‘Farr’s Benning White Bush,’ ‘Benning’s Green Tint,’ or ‘Bennings Green Tiny.’

In keeping with that last name, these pattypans are best when picked small, at just two to three inches wide.

‘Bennings Green Tint’ is very tasty, with thin skin, and flesh that is both firm and creamy – just as Mr. Farr intended them to be.

A close up top down picture of 'Bennings Green Tint,' a light green patty pan squash, set on a wooden surface.

‘Bennings Green Tint’

Plants are compact, semi-open bushes that grow to be three to four feet tall and wide at maturity.

‘Bennings Green Tint’ will be ready for a first harvest in 50 to 60 days.

You’ll find ‘Bennings Green Tint’ seeds in a selection of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

20. Panache Jaune et Vert

‘Panache Jaune et Vert’ is a prolific French heirloom that dates back at least to the mid 1800s.

This open-pollinated summer squash variety is also known as ‘Patisson Panache Jaune et Vert,’ ‘Patison Panache Green and Yellow,’ or ‘Variegated Scallop.’

A close up of an unusual variegated squash, in pale cream with green stripes, growing in the garden with foliage in the background.

Fruits have creamy white to yellow skin with green stripes or splotches, and flesh that is fine-grained and very tasty.

Coloring can be somewhat variable in this cultivar, with some fruits lacking showy coloring – but once you taste them, you won’t care what they look like.

A close up of a green and yellow patty pan squash 'Panache Jaune et Vert' set on a wooden surface, on a soft focus background.

‘Panache Jaune et Vert’

‘Panache Jaune et Vert’ is best picked young, at two to three inches wide, but larger fruits are tasty too, and good keepers. They also make beautiful autumn decor if allowed to mature.

Bushy plants grow to 3-4 feet tall and wide, and their first fruits come to maturity in 55 to 70 days.

You’ll find ‘Panache Jaune et Vert’ seeds in a selection of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

21. Sunburst

‘Sunburst’ is a tasty and prolific pattypan hybrid, and it was the 1985 All-America Selections Winner in the edible category.

Fruits are a stunning glossy bright yellow color with a dark green ring on the blossom ends.

‘Sunburst’ produces scallop squash that have a mild, buttery flavor and a tender texture, with fine-grained white flesh.

These squash have the best flavor and texture when picked at two to three inches wide, and can be cooked whole at this size.

A close up of bright yellow patty pan squash, with scalloped edges pictured in bright light. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo with text.


Plants grow in a compact bush habit with a three- to four-foot spread and reach two to three feet in height at maturity. They are resistant to powdery mildew, and don’t mind cooler weather.

You’ll be harvesting ‘Sunburst’ in 50 to 55 days.

‘Sunburst’ seeds are available for purchase in a selection of packet sizes at True Leaf Market.

Calling All Squashbucklers

Alright gardener, you should now be prepared for some very squashy adventures.

These varieties should give you plenty of choice to grow a bumper crop of summer squash that you’re sure to enjoy cooking up in the kitchen.

A close up of a black plastic crate, lined with brown paper containing a number of different summer squash varieties, in yellow and different shades of green.

This year my summer squash lineup includes ‘Black Beauty,’ ‘Grey,’ ‘Cube of Butter,’ ‘Costata Romanesco,’ and ‘Tatume.’ I can’t wait for harvest time.

Which varieties sound good to you? Do you have any other favorite types of summer squash? Let us know in the comments below!

Before you plant your seeds, how about some reminders on best practices for growing summer squash?

And while you’re at it, learn more about growing squash in your garden with these guides:

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Kristina Hicks-Hamblin lives on a dryland permaculture homestead in the high desert of Utah. She is a Certified Permaculture Designer, holds a Certificate in Native Plant Studies from the University of North Carolina Botanical Gardens, a Landscape for Life certificate through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kristina strives towards creating gardens where there are as many birds and bees as there are edibles.

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Mark Garfinkel
Mark Garfinkel (@guest_9288)
3 years ago

Great informative and expansive overview of one of my favorite veges. Unfortunately, I am still having trouble identifying this large fairly tasteless summer squash volunteer. Doesn’t look like a pumpkin or a winter squash. This heavy beast and its brothers have soft skin and grew on a large prickly vine that took over a huge portion of fence. I thought it was a melon at first but it has squash like seeds and no sweetness even at this size (12″). I think it will grow even larger. Can you help with an ID?

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Eugene Bienvenue
Eugene Bienvenue (@guest_17585)
Reply to  Mark Garfinkel
1 year ago

Looks like Delicata squash

Heather (@guest_9507)
3 years ago

I have one of those odd ones ..though it looks quite like the one in the last photo with all the other squash..what kind is that? The green sort of oval shape..with green stripe

Kristina Hicks-Hamblin
Kristina Hicks-Hamblin (@guest_9525)
Reply to  Heather
3 years ago

Hi Heather,

Did you have squash come up as a volunteer too?

There are a lot of different varieties of squash out there and I’m not sure exactly which variety the green, oval-shaped squash in the last photo of the article is.

It reminds me of a vegetable marrow type squash, but also Burpee’s ‘Green Eggs’ hybrid.

Squash cross very easily, so volunteers always have an interesting mix of features!

We’d love to see a photo of yours!

Annette (@guest_9520)
3 years ago

Yes, mine is like the green oval shaped one in the last photo as well. Is that a very large zucchini?

Kristina Hicks-Hamblin
Kristina Hicks-Hamblin (@guest_9524)
Reply to  Annette
3 years ago

Hi Annette, Did your squash come up as a volunteer? If that’s the case it’s not going to be a specific variety of squash, just a new mix, though it might look like some other varieties. As for the green, cylindrical squash in the last photo of the article, I’m not sure exactly what type of squash that one is. I think it looks like it might be some type of marrow squash. They tend to be thicker than zucchini. It also looks kind of like the ‘Green Eggs’ hybrid. See my reply to Heather for links to both of… Read more »

Jennifer (@guest_9648)
3 years ago

Any thoughts on what this may be? I planted pumpkin and cucumber in that area and squash is nearby. I was hoping zucchini but I’ve been told zucchini never has tendrils. This plant is growing like crazy across the ground as well as up the fencing. Tendrils attach to everything — fence, other plants, even grass. Gorgeous yellow flowers in morning and fruit grows from bottom of flower.

Wendy (@guest_10255)
3 years ago

Delicata, also known as sweet potato squash..

Wendy (@guest_10256)
3 years ago

Picture from Wikipedia. The ones I ate were delicious…

kevin austin
kevin austin (@guest_10727)
2 years ago

I am looking for a Crookneck Squash, also known as- Sequoia squash (looks like a gord) my grandmother made a baked dish
from Central Missouri

Richard (@guest_11740)
2 years ago

I am looking for a vineing sqauch which grows up to two feet long. sqaush bugs don’t bother it.

Richard (@guest_11741)
2 years ago

Looking for a vining squash grows about two feet long. Squash bugs do not bother it.

Sal (@guest_13033)
2 years ago

Hi Kristina. Just came across your article. Excellent write up.

Like one of the other posts above, I’m on a mission to identify a volunteer squash. Hoping I can get some confirmation it’s OK to cook and eat. The volunteer came in with a bag of garden spoil I thing. The leaves and the stalk is like crook neck squash that I’m also growing. The stalk has climbers which the crook neck doesn’t have. Fruit is the size of a grapefruit and is like a squash on the inside – – no seeds.
Photo attached. Any ideas?

Sal (@guest_13088)
Reply to  Kristina Hicks-Hamblin
2 years ago

Hi Kristina. Thank you for the reply. I walked a sample over to the plant experts at our local nursery and they had a similar view, though your take is very focused and articulated.

I have three of these so I suppose I need to learn some recipes.

Take care.