When is Acorn Squash Ready to Pick – Acorn Squash wins its name from its shape. The green, the ribbed squash has a golden orange flesh that develops an still sweet nutty flavor, once cooked. Although technically a summer squash like zucchini, the fruit develops in late summer and early autumn like winter squash. It also has a long shelf life, similar to most winter squash. The harvest at its maximum maturity ensures a better flavor and longer shelf life.
- Check the bark of the pepper squash. Harvest the squash when the crust develops a smooth skin that becomes dull instead of shiny.
- Lift the squash gently, but do not yet detach it from the vine. Ripe squash feels heavy and firm, usually weighing between 3 and 5 lb
- Look at the spot on the pepper squash that was facing the Earth. A lighter ground spot develops in a yellow color once the peppery squash is mature, but remains a creamy color on the immature vegetables. The rest of the bark develops a green color with an orange or yellow blush.
- Cut through the vine with a sharp knife to harvest the pepper squash. Leave 1 to 2 inches from the vine attached to the squash.
Tips and warnings
Store pepper squash at 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit in a dark place for one to two months. Use the squash before it develops soft spots or begins to shrivel.