The Q&A Archives: butternut squash

Question: How to know when to harvest the squash?

Answer: Harvest pumpkins and winter squashes after they change to their expected color and after their skin is thick enough that a thumbnail doesn't puncture the fruit when you press on it. Watch the weather reports - if you plan on storing the squash, don't let them get hit by frost or they will rot. Be sure to leave 2 inches of the stem attached so they will store well.

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