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When I was cutting a butternut squash, I noticed a greenish discoloration near around third of the seed pocket. I scraped it off, but I was wondering

  1. if it would have been safe for a young toddler to eat (whose the primary consumer)?
  2. with the green parts scraped off, is it safe for a toddler to eat?
  3. was it in the process of going bad, so I'll know what to look for later?
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I always go with my gut in these situations, so scraping it off is probably a good idea.

If the green was not really dark and moldy looking, or really soft in comparison to the rest of the flesh, it could be that it just wasn't fully ripe yet in that area.

Either way, you're planning on cooking the squash, correct? I believe that this would be perfectly safe to eat now that the questionable parts have been removed. I'd eat it with no qualms.

If the rest of the squash was firm, and not bad looking on the outside or inside, then I am guessing this is not a problem, unless said green part was much softer than the rest of the squash.

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If I remember correctly, it was somewhat softer. So, I scraped it out, ensuring a took normal orange flesh with it, and cooked it anyway. I figured it was safe, but I was curious if anyone knew differently. – rcollyer Aug 15 '11 at 14:59

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