when do I pick the acorn squash?

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  1. rootsandwings

    rootsandwings Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm growing acorn squash for the first time this year, and much to my astonishment, it actually grew.

    I don't know when to pick it. It's a "fall" squash, so do I pick it as soon as it looks big enough to eat? dark green? when a little orange shows up? let the plant die and then gather the squash like I do with spaghetti and pumpkin?
     
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    Does the same go for the Butternut Squash?
     
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    That's good info! I didn't know either (my first year for acorn squash too) and I just picked a couple when they were dark green. They were still really good, baked and served with butter & maple syrup!

    I'm interested in the butternut squash answer, too, as I'm growing them and never grew them before. I suspect the answer is the same, as butternut is a winter squash just like acorn.
     
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    I'd guess that holds for Kabocha as well...
     
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    Yup. All winter squash. If you can cure winter squash in the field for 10 days it should store for months. We didn't finish our Delicatas until March. They were field cured then moved to the cold cellar. If you don't have 10 days of dry weather you can move the squash to a back porch or shed.