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When is acorn squash ripe?

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Acorn squash generally reaches maturity during late summer or early fall, approximately 80 to 100 days after planting. A ripe squash feels hard and is difficult to pierce when pressing lightly on the rind with a fingernail.

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Once the stem of the acorn squash begins to harden and dry and the vegetable has turned a deep green color, it can be harvested by cutting through the stem with a sharp knife. To avoid damage to the vegetable and plant, the squash should not be pulled from the stem. Acorn squashes can be stored for up to three months in a dark, cool place.

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