Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?

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    Me too. Guessing that if you asked this question in 2015 I shouldn't wait on an answer to cook mine. – ambrose coulliette Jun 22 '18 at 22:59
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    .....So this is probably bad advice, but does it smell okay? Does the brown stuff feel the same as the white stuff? Have you fried a slice and tasted it? If the internet fails you, sometimes you've gotta test things the caveman way. Given that I suffer from a yearly squashpocalypse, I'd probably toss it. But if I really hated to waste it, I'd see if I could cut away the white/good looking bits and puree them for a pie, maybe... I'd like to know for sure too though. – kitukwfyer Jun 23 '18 at 4:37
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    That's most likely the sign of the squash being a bit old. That's not going to hurt you if you eat it other than being aesthetically less pleasing. If a brown spot is large enough, cut it out. – Julie Sigwart Aug 22 '18 at 1:56

This can be one of two things: 1) If you bought this from a store the squash is a bit old. It own't hurt you as mentioned in one of the comments above it just isn't pretty. 2) If this is a fresh squash, if you had a heavy rain storm or a higher than normal concentration of smoke in the area (like forest fires) then it is possible for excess minerals to be deposited in the meat of some veggies (squash is among that list).

Either way it won't hurt you.

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    I no longer have the squash in question, but thank you for providing an answer for similar situations in the future! – Tashus Jun 27 at 23:52

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