Winter Squash

Harvested

(rough estimate due to natural conditions {weather, pests etc})

September & October winter squash guide

Benefits of Winter Squash

  • Skin Care

  • Increases Bone Mineral Density

  • Boosts Immunity

  • Improves Metabolism

  • Controls Blood Sugar

  • Reduces Inflammation

  • Balances Cholesterol

  • Improves Digestion

  • Eye Care

  • Prevents Cancer

  • Induces Sleep

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Storage Tips

  • Squash with a broken or loose stem will not store well. The exception is Hubbard-type squash which stores best with the stem completely removed.
  • Clean squash for storage with a dry towel; remove dirt & debris & any blossom that remains on the squash. Don’t use water to clean the skin of harvested squash.
  • Keep the squash dry. Do not handle or harvest wet fruit.·  Cure & store only blemish-free squash; do not cure squash that is bruised or punctured or deeply cut. Curing can help heal minor cuts & scratches.
  • Store winter squash in a cool, dry place; store winter squash at 50° to 55° F with relative humidity of 50 to 70 percent—higher humidity can result in rot.
  • Do not store squash near apples, pears, or other ripening fruit. Ethylene gas released from ripening fruit can cause squash to yellow & eventually rot.
  • Inspect stored winter squash weekly. Squash that starts to spot should be moved away from other stored squash and used as soon as possible. Skin spotting can be a sign or rot setting in.

Storage life: The storage life of winter squashes is: Acorn and spaghetti squash, about 1 month; Butternut, 2 to 3 months; Hubbard types, 3 to 6 months; Banana, 3 to 6 months, Buttercup or turban types, 3 to 6 months. Jack O’ Lantern and Connecticut field pumpkins can be stored 2 to 3 months.

The skin of Acorn-type squashes stored longer than 1 to 2 months will become yellow and the flesh stringy.

Culinary Tips

  • It is easier to bake & then peel winter squash, rather than the other way around, as the roasting process lifts the skin off, which is otherwise quite tough to remove. If you are pressed for time & need that peel removed before baking, a sharp potato peeler should do the job.
  • for ideas on how to cook winter squash click here

Recipe Links 

Winter Squash Lasagna

Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sweet Dumpling Pumpkin Pies

Brown Sugar Delicate Squash