Tips To Identify Rotten Squash

 
15-Nov-2011 by

Have you ever come across a rotten squash and been unable to identify it? We know most of us would struggle hard to identify rotten squash when faced with one. Therefore we bring you some tips to just that while you are picking the vegetable in your kitchen garden next time.

 

Fail Proof Tips To Identify Rotting Squash

 

1. Stem

Look at the stem of the squash, or at the area where the stem is attached. If the stem area is black, shriveled or oozing moisture, this means the squash has begun to rot. At this stage, you have to decide whether to use the squash or not depending upon the extent of damage.

 

2. Rind

 

The rind of a fresh squash must appear pale yellow, ivory, or light orange, with a dull sheen. If the squash rind is cracked, or showing brown or yello spots, this is a clear indication that the squash is rotting.

 

3. Feel the Rind

 

The squash rind must feel hard to scratch with a fingernail. Therefore, if you can easily scratch the rind with your fingernail, this means the squash is on its way to the dust bin.

 


4. Smell the Squash

 

If you smell the squash near the end, which was attached to the stem, it should have a strong odor, if it is rotting. It will also give out a pungent smell in case of rot. A fresh squash never has a strong odor.

 

5. Examine the Flesh

 

Go a step further and cut the squash open lengthwise. Examine the flesh, which, if solid and bright-colored, is suitable to be used. Nevertheless, if the flesh is discolored or showing spots, or is soft and mushy to touch, it is on its way to rotting.

 

We can use squash in every imaginable way in our kitchen, however, what is important is that it should not be rotten. We hope with these tips to identify rotten squash, you will not face any problem on that front.

 

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