Will Delicata and Acorn squash ripen?

potterhead2(z5b NY)August 17, 2010

My pumpkin and squash vines are almost dead from powdery mildew. I know that the pumpkins will ripen off the vine, but what about delicata squash and acorn squash?

The rinds seem hard enough, but the color of the delicata is still light green with dark green stripes. I'm used to picking them when they turn creamy white (almost yellowish) with dark green stripes. The acorns are small and very dark green. I usually pick them when they have a small yellow spot on the underside. These don't.

I brought them all home today to ripen on the counter. Is it a waste of time?

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If the skin is hard enough that you can't easily puncture it with a fingernail, they should be mature enough to cure and store.

If not, they'll start to shrivel from moisture loss. You'll know pretty soon, within about a week or so at most.

When I have immature ones that aren't going to make it, I just roast them up with Mrs. Dash and oil and eat them that way. They're sort of halfway between a summer squash and a winter squash at that point, but taste great cooked like that. Actually, my dog LOVES roasted squash of any kind, so it's never a problem at my house, he will always eat the excess, and I've found it to be quite a healthy treat for him.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:36AM
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