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Winter Squash: Peak Flavor Chart

WINTER SQUASH

CURING &
STORAGE POTENTIAL
CHART

Storing Winter Squash for Peak Flavor & Eating Quality
Tip:
For those eager to enjoy the first of the fall squash harvest, a simple rule of thumb is to consume the smallest squashes first.

View our winter squash selection »

Different types and varieties of winter squash vary as to how long they take to cure after harvesting, how long before they achieve peak eating quality, and how long before that quality declines.

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

The chart below is designed to serve as a general guide to the storage potential of different types of winter squash.

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 » 
           
           
           
BUTTERCUP » 
           
HUBBARD » 
           
           
   1.5        
BUTTERNUT » 
           
 
KEY  
 
 « Curing Period
 
 « Optimal Eating Period


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