Butternut Squash and Pumpkin

Here is this years crop of butternut squash and pumpkin.

butternut-squash

‘Crown Prince’ is our favourite pumpkin. It produces an excellent flavour, but as we found out you do need to wait till their skin turns blue, this is a sign they are fully ripe. We also love ‘Autumn Crown’ its a cross between butternut squash and pumpkin, absolutely delicious. To keep them fresh, we need to cure them first, this gives a protective layer over the flesh. Space is limited but we have just sneaked them in the glass house, ssshh……

We are happy to answer any question about growing or storing these vegetables from the Squash family.

Fay.

2 thoughts on “Butternut Squash and Pumpkin

  1. Hi you said you cure the pumpkin. Does this mean putting them in the glasshouse to dry and form the hard outer layer or do you wash them with something first. Cheers anne

    1. Yes we do cure our Butternut squash in the glass house and you don’t need to put anything on them. A harvested winter squash continues to breath or respire but as the skin becomes harder, forming a protective layer over the flesh, that harder flesh slows respiration, which ultimately improves fruit keeping quality.To cure Butternut squash they should be blemish free, as bruised or broken skin will not store well. The skins are very delicate when they’re cropped so you need to handle them with care. Use scissors or secateurs to cut the squash from the vine, leaving 3-4 inches of stem. Store them somewhere warm, ideally on a crate in a greenhouse where warm air is circulating around them, this should take 2-3 weeks. Storage life varies for different squash but for Butternut squash they can last up to six months, ideally in a cool dry spot. Ours will all be gone by Christmas. I hope this answers your question and good luck. Any other queries feel free to ask.
      Many thanks Fay.

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