Rotting squash

When I picked the butternut squash last autumn, I left them in the shed to ripen and then simply because it was cool. It seemed cold enough to keep them until they were needed.

As you can see from the above photo, either the method of storage or the length of time they can be stored means they would have soon become a mouldy mess. No time like the present then to make some butternut squash soup.

In order to see what the squash taste like, I decide to use just the yellow one today. And, fortunately, the rot was only superficial. On the other hand, the seeds hadn’t formed, so I’ll have to grow some more this year to see if I can get any.

It would be great if I could get butternut squash which had naturalised to my garden’s environment. I’ve had scant luck with cucurbites over the last two years, but hopefully after a cold winter we’ll have a warm summer.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Rotting squash

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Thank you for sharing Helen Blessings

  2. We either peal and chunk then freeze, or par-cook, scoop out and freeze our winter squashes. We also shred up and freeze our summer squash (love fresh zucchini bread in winter)..we also have a vacuum sealer. We pressure can, hot water bath can, oven can, and dehydrate everything we can get our hands on. Love the fall just for all of this!

  3. Sharon says:

    When did you harvest them? Rot generally occurs when the fruit aren’t fully ripe and the skins hardened – been there, done that πŸ™‚

  4. Fingers crossed for the others

  5. Clare Pooley says:

    I hope you can make something of the other two squash. Best of luck with this year’s cucurbits!

  6. There are endless learning experiences when you garden, eh? It sure keeps things interesting, though disappointing at times.

  7. Oh dear! I’m still trying to get over my garlic. Sad when veg don’t keep!

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