How to Choose and Store Acorn Squash

  • Acorn squash is shaped like an acorn. It has vertical ridges following the same direction as the stem. At full maturity, the flesh is orange and sweet.

  • Pick a squash that is green and orange in colour. If it’s too orange, it’s overripe  and it will be dry and stringy.

  • The rind should be smooth and dry with no cracks or soft areas.

  • It should have a dull rind. A shiny rind means it isn’t ripe. It won’t be as sweet as it’s supposed to be.

  •  Acorn squash should stored in a cool, dark place. Once it’s cut, wrap uncooked pieces in plastic wrap, refrigerate them , and use them within four days. Cooked acorn squash can be sealed and refrigerated up to 4 days or frozen up to 12 months.

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