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Winter Squash Peak Flavor Chart

A Guide to Peak Flavor, Storage & Curing

Different types and varieties of winter squash vary as to how long they take to cure and when they achieve their best flavor.

Whether you grow winter squash for your own consumption or to sell at markets, CSAs, or the farmstand, you'll want to know when your squash and edible pumpkins are at their best.

To gauge storage periods for different winter squash types, refer to the chart below. This will enable you to offer your squashes at their peak eating quality. For those eager to enjoy the first of the fall harvest, a rule of thumb for optimal flavor and storage is to consume the smallest squashes first.

Curing & Storage Chart (Click for Key)

H A R V E S T »  
Months After Maturity
Winter Squash Type
1 Mo  2 Mo  3 Mo  4 Mo  5 Mo  6 Mo 
DELICATA » 
     2.5      
ACORN » 
           
SPAGHETTI » 
           
           
RED HUBBARDS   
(Sunshine, Red Kuri» 
           
BUTTERCUP » 
           
HUBBARD » 
           
           
   1.5        
BUTTERNUT » 
           
 
KEY  
 
 « Curing Period
 
 « Optimal Eating Period


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