Many gardeners refer to yellow summer squash as summer squash and call the green fruit zucchini, but they are both a type of summer squash. To further complicate matters, some zucchini are yellow and referred to a golden zucchini. You may be wondering how yellow zucchini and yellow summer squash differ.
Zucchini falls in the category of Italian marrow squash. These are typically cylindrical and are the same size from end to end. Zucchini can be deep green to almost black, light green with stripes, mottled or deep yellow. All zucchini have the same basic flavor and texture.
Yellow Summer Squash
The yellow squash is either straight neck or crook neck, with either smooth or bumpy skins. Crook neck and straight neck squash taper at the neck and widen at the end. Straight neck and crook neck squash have the same basic flavor and texture.
Other Varieties of Summer Squash
But there are other types of summer squash, too. Scalloped summer squash, sometimes referred to as patty pan squash, may be either green or yellow with a crisp nutty flavor. Some zucchini, often referred to as eight ball zucchini are round.
Whether you prefer to call them all summer squash or distinguish between the two with terms like summer squash and zucchini doesn't really matter, as long as you grow some of both to add color and variety to your recipes.