|Winter squash market display|
Acorns (and the red squashes- Sunshine and Red Kuri) are delicious right from the field, but only last a maximum of 3 months.
Spaghetti Squash is ready to eat when picked and will keep up to 3 months.
Delicata and Sweet Dumplings can be enjoyed immediately after harvest, and store for 4 months.
Buttercups are sweeter after a few weeks of storage, and will keep up to 4 months.
Kabochas get sweeter with a few weeks of storage. The green ones will keep 4-5 months and Confection will keep up to 6 months.
Butternuts and Hubbards are better after a few weeks in storage and will keep to 6 months.
Whether you've grown for your own consumption or for market or CSA sales, the general rule of thumb for best flavor and storage is to consume the smallest squashes first.