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Bryan, TX
May 25, 2020 2:39 PM CST
This is the first time I have raised butternut squash. Can they be picked and eaten while still immature?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 25, 2020 3:38 PM CST
Yes, you can eat them while still green. Take out the seeds, they aren't edible no matter the age of the squash.
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Bryan, TX
May 25, 2020 6:15 PM CST
Thank you Daisy.
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May 25, 2020 8:38 PM CST
I actually prefer them on the small side. My grandmother had a great recipe of removing the squash and mixing it with bread crumbs, raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon along with a little sautéed onion. She then stuffed the skins with her concoction and it was kind of tasty.
I probably am missing something but I looked forward to it every Thanksgiving. I remember that the squash was very tender and sweet. When they age a bit more, they get a little stronger tasting which isn't as pleasant for me.
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