Although not as popular as the more widely grown zucchini or summer squash, many gardeners like to try their hand at growing butternut squash.
Also known as winter squash this tan hard skinned squash can be stored and consumed throughout the long winter months without having to be frozen or canned. Low in calories and naturally sweet butternut squash is a tasty source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium and beta carotene. Butternut squash takes a lot longer to mature than other varieties of squash and therefor many are unsure when it should be harvested. To help gardeners learn what they need to know to insure successful harvest here are some answers to questions about butternut squash.
Butternut Squash Facts
How Long Does It Take For Butternut Squash To Mature?
Depending on the variety of butternut squash you plant it can take between 85 and 110 days for this type of squash to grow and mature. .
How Can You Tell If A Butternut Squash is Ripe and Ready To Be Picked
Once mature the skin of the butternut squash will harden and turn a deep uniform tan color.To insure a thick skin its best to let butternut squash grow until late September or October. This will will enable you to store the squash throughout the long winter months without refrigeration, canning or freezing
Whats the Best Way To Remove Mature Butternut Squash From The Vine?
Once mature the best way to remove butternut squash from the vine is to use a sharp knife to cut the stem from the vine. When cutting its best to leave about two inches of stem still attached to the squash. Cutting the stem completely off could result in bacteria entering the squash through the soft spot where the stem was attached.
Whats The Best Way To Store Butternut Squash Before Eating and How Long Can You Store It?
After removing butternut squash from the vine you will need to let the squash cure before you store it. To cure butternut squash simply leave it out at room temperature for one to two weeks to toughen the skin. Once you have cured your butternut squash store it in a cool dark place. Stored properly butternut squash can last from 3 to 6 months.
What Can You Make Using Butternut Squash?
Butter nut squash tastes great as a soup, pureed or sauteed. You can also use it in pies or cut it in half and bake it with cinnamon for a sweet treat.
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