Bitter Acorn Squash - Knowledgebase Question

Wright City, MO
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Question by lshinkle6
July 10, 2000
My acorn squash plants are growing well. However, I just harvested and cooked one and it is very bitter. I am dong something wrong?

Answer from NGA
July 10, 2000
I bet you harvested too early. Summer squashes, like zucchini and yellow crookneck, taste best when harvested while they're still small. But winter squashes are different. For best flavor, wait to harvest acorn, butternut, and other winter squashes until later in the season when the rind has hardened. The taste usually improves if the squash is stored for weeks before using.

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