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Neck Pumpkin! (Pennsylvania Crookneck Squash)

17 pound neck pumpkin from my small kitchen garden

Central Pennsylvanians call these winter squashes Neck Pumpkins. The squash also goes by the name of Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash.

Grow winter squash in your kitchen garden! These plants always delight me with their aggressive growth which leads them to overwhelm tens of square feet of garden space. These are not plants for a small garden, though you might accommodate them by providing trellises and training the vines away from your other vegetable plants.

I’ve reported on neck pumpkins several times over the years. This one grew on a vine I set in the garden in mid-July. So, in just two months the plant went from seedling to harvestable 17 pound squash. There are more in the garden.

Neck Pumpkin Characteristics

Neck Pumpkin is a distinctively central Pennsylvania winter squash. The fruit is like a giant butternut squash though lighter in color and milder in flavor. Still, the squash is nearly all meat. This fruit is enough to make, perhaps, 14 pumpkin pies—or to serve squash side dishes at dinner for more than two weeks.

I plan to do a seed giveaway this winter and seeds from this neck pumpkin will be among the offerings. Check back in January or early February for details. Here’s video I recorded when I harvested the neck pumpkin in this post:


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2 Responses to “Neck Pumpkin! (Pennsylvania Crookneck Squash)”

  • Dan Schmidt:

    Where can I get seeds for this; we had some back in Nebraska, but can find them nowhere in Seattle?

  • Daniel Gasteiger:

    Dan – If you Google “buy neck pumpkin seeds” you’ll find several venders who sell them. I’ve run a promotion nearly every year in January/February where I give away seeds – always including 5 neck pumpkin seeds. Please check back in late January of 2016 for instructions on how to enter my next seed giveaway.

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