Due to a frost I had to bring in a few not-quite-ripe butternut squash. The greenish markings on the outside and the not-well-developed seeds are signs they are not as ripe as desirable. Can I still cook with these? Note they were photographed on a green cutting board but the color of the squash is close to true.

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Unripe winter squash taste different from ripe, but you can treat unripe, peeled butternut like summer squash with good results.

My personal preference is to pluck any later flowers rather than let unripe fruit develop. These can be eaten raw or stuffed and cooked (my go-to method is seasoned cream cheese and chive).

  • Thanks. I eventually found some sites mentioning the similarity to summer squash that you note. I think my squash were about 90-95% ripe, and I went ahead and baked them up as I would normally, and scooped out the flesh. Mainly the flesh is more yellow than orange but tomorrow it goes into a pie! Oct 19, 2018 at 6:55
  • @BryanHanson - this page talks about using green butternut like summer squash: foragerchef.com/green-butternut-squash It might give you a few more ideas
    – Megha
    Oct 24, 2018 at 5:39

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