Harvested acorn squash too soon?!

weedlady(Central OH 6)August 3, 2009

6-7 of these nice big acorns have been dark green with just a bit of dark yellow on the bottom for several weeks--looked same as ones in the stores, so this morning I cut them off the vines...But as I cut one open to prepare for dinner, the flesh is not the deep yellow-orange I think it should be, kinda pale, nor are the seeds real hard. Have I just wasted all of those squash, or is can I prepare them into edibility anyway?

Live & learn...

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Winter squash should stay on the vine to mature and ripen.
You can tell this if the stem is almost dry.
Perhaps, You may need to give them additional time out on the sun, to get more sweet.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 11:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shebear(z8 NCentralTex)

Just a thought but if you're not sure about something be ready for harvest then just harvest one and try it.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 11:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sheryl_ontario(Muncho Lake, BC z2)

I think winter squash are ready when the stem of that particular squash is dried and brown. I have had acorn squash ripen off the vine. Just leave the uncut ones sitting for a month or so and see what they do.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 11:53AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How to ammend soil and seed timing
We live on a rocky hillside in Southern California....
Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b
? for birdhouse gourd expert growers
Just for giggles I bought a $2 pack of birdhouse gourd...
More phloem for more transportation of assimilates
http://environment.harvard.edu/news/faculty-news/biggest-ever-fruit-world-0 Here...
Best way to weatherproof birdhouse gourd?
I made some birdhouses from gourds 2 years ago. Made...
Courge-fritter in palm butter are far more healthy...
Sponsored Products
Pink & Green Sea Abigail Rug
$39.99 | zulily
MaxLite MLRP24E4535SMW LED Round Pendant, 3500K
Healthy Salad Servers
$12.99 | Dot & Bo
Bare Head Swivel I by LBL Lighting
$80.00 | Lumens
Bowled Over Set
| Dot & Bo
Laminate Molding & Trim: Zamma Building Materials Harvest Time 9/16 in. Thick x
$19.98 | Home Depot
Illumine Wall Mounted Lighting & Sconces Designer Collection 1-Light Chrome
$66.30 | Home Depot
Campania International Coachhouse Cast Stone Pedestal For Urns and Statues - PD-
$589.99 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™