Winter Squash Harvest, Curing & Storage Charts

Winter Squash Harvest, Curing & Storage Charts

Curing

•Post harvest treatment to prepare squash for long-term storage. Helps ensure that fruit are fully ripened and safeguarded against causes of rot.

•1-2 weeks at warm temperature (80-90° F) and dry conditions

•Stem end will dry and seal properly, and rind will color and harden.

Ripening

•Period of time between harvest and when the fruit is good for eating.

•Dry matter decreases and Brix % increases during this time.

Storage

•Period of time during which squash is good for eating.

•Ideal: 50-60° F with 50-70% humidity and good air circulation.

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Picking Perfect Pumpkins (and Squash)

Picking Perfect Pumpkins (and Squash)