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Acorn Squash

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Growing:

Start seeds indoors a month before last frost date, or obtain young plants for direct planting in the garden. After danger of frost has past transplant 3-4 plants in a hill of well-drained soil. Squash plants are vines and will sprawl 6-8 feet; they may be tied to a trellis or fence to grow vertically. Harvest in the fall when skin is tough enough that it can not be pierced with your fingernail.

Selecting & Storing:

Acorn squash should be quite firm, with a hard "shell" and fairly heavy/dense for it's size. Squash should have spots of orange, but be primarily green. This is one of the "winter squashes," so named for it's ability to store well for a long time. It will store up to a month in a cool (not cold) dark area such as a basement or will store about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Basic Preparation:

Use a sharp, hefty knife to cut squash in half from stem to end and scoop out seeds. Grease a roasting pan and place squash halves upside down in the pan; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender and brown. Enjoy the "meat" of the squash.

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