Vegetables and Fruit forum: When is delicata squash ripe?

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Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Sep 10, 2013 12:14 PM CST
I want to know when I can pick my delicata squash. Suggestions?
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 10, 2013 12:49 PM CST
We check Delicata squash for maturity in early September. Perhaps a bit later in your zone. This squash has thin, tender skin, which means that you need to harvest it before the first frost.
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abhege
Sep 10, 2013 2:24 PM CST
We had a vendor selling it in July. I don't know when he started it and we are in GA, soI don't know how to tell, but I am interested because I bought seeds for next year because we liked it so much!
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SongofJoy
Sep 10, 2013 2:39 PM CST
91 to 100 days to maturity.

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KentPfeiffer
Sep 10, 2013 3:29 PM CST

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Anderwood said:I want to know when I can pick my delicata squash. Suggestions?


If you try to dent the skin with your fingernail and it resists or seems hard, the fruit is ripe. Determining ripeness in Delicatas is a bit more challenging than other types like Butternuts or Acorns though, because the skin of Delicatas relatively thin, so it's often more difficult to determine what "hard" skin feels like.

If in doubt, you can always wait a few more days. In general, they won't spoil unless they've been damaged or they get frozen.

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Horseshoe
Sep 10, 2013 3:40 PM CST
Ditto what Kent said. You can also just watch the vine they are growing on and when it begins to wither it's a good sign the squash won't gain in size anymore and is hardening up. When you clip it leave about an inch of vine attached rather than just pull the squash from it, exposing an open "belly button". This will help it cure better, and letting it cure a bit will actually sweeten it up quite a bit more than just picking and eating.

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(dagnabbit...edited for spelling: "pulled" to "pull"...wish I knew how to strike out words like Dave does)
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eclayne
Sep 11, 2013 9:41 AM CST

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Here you go Shoe. [s#]dagnabbit[/s] Edited for Shoe.
Using BB Codes.
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Sep 11, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Hah! For shame for shame..."dagnabbit" is one of the funnest words in the Southern language, no need to strike that one out, Evan! Hilarious!

Thanks for the link...I'll read up on it when I come back in to cool off again. ('Tis a balmy 92ยบ here)

Later!
Shoe
Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Sep 16, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Thanks everyone, very helpful. I have since picked them.

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