when to pick kabocha or butternut winter squash

Asked July 23, 2018, 1:38 PM EDT

Hello, we have a nice crop of squash, we believe to be either kabocha, buttercup or a hybrid of the two. They looked mature and we picked some last week but they seemed to be quite hard when we went to cut them up, should we wait until fall to pick them, seems like a long time to let them set out, Thank you.

Douglas County Oregon

1 Response

Ross Penhallegon in his article Harvest those veggies, https://extension.oregonstate.edu/node/81651 for Oregon State University Extension Service say the following, "Squash: Summer squash is ready when medium-sized with a rind that is easily dented with a fingernail. Winter squash is ready when the firm rind can't easily be dented with a fingernail." Harvest your squash as soon as it passes the "dent" test. Not only is it good for your pantry but it will encourage your plant to continue producing fruit rather than going to seed.