harvest winter squash--when?
Do you generally wait until the vines die back before you harvest winter squash? That is what I have done, except for maybe acorn squash which sometimes begin to ripen to orange while on the vine.
This year we have some beautiful butternut squash and my mate is getting eager to pick some. I keep telling him that we have to wait until there are no streaks of green on the stem end, and that it is best if the stem itself is brown. These butternuts were planted from seed from fruits my son gave us, and to tell the truth, I think my son probably harvested early as they were lacking in sweetness and I'd even say lacking in starches. So it might be a strain that needs every day on the vine it can get.
So...what tells you it is time to harvest winter squash?