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questions about butternut squash

Posted by lroberge 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 10, 06 at 9:27

Greetings! I would appreciate your input and advice on this issue.

I have a bunch of butternut squash in various stages of development and ripening.

Ok, if the winter frost comes and some of them are not quite ripe-some green lines or not tan color yet; is there a way to bring them in to ripen and thus be able to use during the winter months?

I would appreciate any advice on this. I expect that within the next 4 weeks, the season will be over and I would like to collect as much of the squash for winter as possible.

Thank you.

Best wishes.


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RE: questions about butternut squash

Generally, leave them on the vine until frost. The leaves will start to yellow (mine are now) and the stems will turn tan and crack. Some folks say that a light frost won't hurt them, my experience is that a 'light' frost can sometimes be colder than that and it does do some damage.

We grow several different varieties of winter squash, and I now can keep them until April / May of the following year by washing off the dirt carefully, and leaving them in a light, airy room ( a greenhouse) on newspaper. Leave several inches of stem.

The fruit that isn't completely ripe on the vine will often ripen up in storage, although the amount of flesh might not be that impressive, and the taste not that great.

RE: questions about butternut squash

If you want them to keep longer when picked, then a dip in a mild solution of water and chlorine bleach will help to reduce any surface bactera, and will help to prevent them from spoiling. Also, keep in mind that even though they have tough skins, they do bruise easily, just like pumpkins and other hard squashes.

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