Acorn Squash

Buttery, mild flavored squash that is easy to grow.

It’s fun to grow acorn squash. With its big leaves and large fruits, it seems extra rewarding to grow in your edible and vegetable garden. It’s a delicious variety with yellow to orange flesh that has a mild taste and sweet, nutty flavor. The squash has distinctive ridges and likes to be handled gently when cut from the vine at harvest time. Acorn squash is an adaptive grower too. It will grow well when sown directly in hills in the garden (hilling helps the seeds stay moist but not too wet), in containers with quality soil, and the vines can even be trained to climb a trellis when you need to save space in the garden. It’s a generous fruiter as well. You’ll enjoy up to five acorn squash from each plant.

Acorn squash is easy to grow. As a warm-season vegetable, it’s sensitive to cold and does not tolerate frost so be sure to wait until the threat of frost has passed in spring before direct sowing your seeds. While most often thought of as part of the winter squash group, acorn squash is actually from the summer squash family. It is native to North America so it’s naturally adapted to our soil and growing conditions across the United States.

The colors of acorn squash rinds vary with the most well-known being dark green and often with a spot of yellow or orange. In these acorn squash varieties, you’ll know they are ready to harvest when the yellow spots are turning orange. Another indication that your acorn squash is ready to harvest is when the stem begins to dry up. Cut the squash gently from the plant and leave the stem attached. In the kitchen, acorn squash has so many uses. Baking is the most traditional and common use, but you can steam, saute, and puree for soup. A traditional recipe that heightens the sweet flavor is to steam or microwave the fruit and add maple syrup or brown sugar to a halved squash. You can simply scoop out the flesh for an easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious side dish. Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.

If you plan to start your seeds indoors, be sure to check out our Bio Dome Seed Starter Kit. With the Bio Dome, you can control the temperature, light, and soil mix to ensure your seeds become strong for transplant.