butternut squash 'accidentally' picked too soon

michelelcSeptember 2, 2009

Oops, I had a butternut squash that was growing in between my chain link fence and neighbor's wood fence. Long story short, I tried to pull the vine up so the squash that was growing wouldn't get too big to squeeze between the 2 fences and it came off. It's the size of a ripe butternut squash, but it's still green. Will it ripen on the counter is should I just add it to the compost pile?

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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

Not sure if it will ripen, but you can eat it "green". Kinda like a cross between a zucchini and a ripe butternut in taste. I like them alot just like that and pick any young ones when freezing weather is predicted. Don't try to store them for long, though. If you add some brown sugar and sugar when cooking them, the underripe ones taste more like mature butternuts.....But then most anything tastes good to me with enough butter and sugar LOL

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 1:07AM
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I like them that way, actually. I either peel, slice, and roast in a hot over with herb/spice blend (Mrs. Dash type stuff), or sometimes I make thin slices and coat in Bisquick and fry in a bit of oil in a non-stick pan over very low heat.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 11:03AM
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Won't ripen. Won't keep in storage. Eat it within a couple of weeks.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 11:23AM
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When I had a bigger garden I used to grow butternut for winter squash. When they are young and tender they are as good sliced, battered with 1/2 cornmeal 1/2 flour and fried as yellow summer squash are.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 4:06PM
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