Week of October 29, 2020
Winter squash such as Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, Hubbard, or Delicata are varieties of squash that grow all summer, are harvested in the fall and stored for use over the winter. Harvest the squash when the vines have withered and the rind is tough enough that you cannot pierce it with your fingernail. Do not remove the stem, it helps prevent rotting over the winter. Remove the dirt or mud from the rind and store in a single layer (if possible). The best temperature for optimum storage is between 50-55°F and there should be good ventilation. The rinds should be tough to protect the fruit from mold, bacteria or insects. Storage time will depend on the variety and conditions, but as a rule Acorn and Spaghetti squash will keep 2.5 months, Butternut 3-4 months and Hubbard up to 6 months. Remove any fruit that seems soft or looks like it is starting to turn. Enjoy all winter long the tasty squash in soups, pies, or baked.