The cream girl squash is a seasonal and delicious vegetable. You can use it to make delicious stir-fries, soups and stews. Whether you're growing this variety of squash at home or first found it on the market, choosing a ripe one can be difficult. A ripe creamy girl squash should be dark beige with a relatively hard and heavy consistency and should make a hollow noise when you tap the outside with flexed fingers.
Method 1 of 3: Picking a Pumpkin from the Market
Step 1. Choose dark beige pumpkins with a matte skin
Avoid pumpkins that are pale yellow, with green spots, or with a shiny husk. The shiny rind is a sign that the pumpkin was harvested too early.
Most pumpkins will have a large pale spot on the skin. This is just where she was grounded and is not a sign that she is not mature
Step 2. Avoid pumpkins with cuts, soft spots or brown spots
It's okay if the squash skin has a few blemishes, but cuts or soft spots can indicate mold or rot and should be avoided. Keep away from the ones that have brown spots too.
The brown spots are caused by frost and are a sign that the pumpkin is not textured and won't last long
Step 3. Make sure the cable is attached to the pumpkin you choose
If you see a cordless cream girl pumpkin on the market, it could be a sign that it has overripe. Look for one with a firm, dark brown handle.
A pumpkin without a handle will also rot faster than a pumpkin with a handle
Step 4. Opt for a heavy pumpkin
Once you find one with a uniform, dark beige rind with no cuts or blemishes, pick it up and compare its weight with that of the other pumpkins. Try to estimate their weight. If a pumpkin looks lighter than the others, it may not be ripe yet.
Step 5. Feel if the shell is hard before making your final choice
Use a fingernail to push the surface of the pumpkin lightly. If the nail doesn't meet some resistance, the squash may not be ripe yet.
A ripe creamy girl pumpkin should be tough like an avocado that's still green
Step 6. Choose a pumpkin that looks hollow when you hit it
Learning the difference in sound between a ripe creamy girl pumpkin and a green one takes a little practice. The best way to learn is to ask for help from a market attendant or a pumpkin grower at the market.
Method 2 of 3: Harvesting Pumpkin from the Garden
Step 1. Wait for the pumpkin to be between 20 and 30 cm in length
Even though the length of creamy girl squashes will vary depending on variety and soil conditions, most will be between 20 to 30 cm. When your pumpkins reach that measure and stop growing, harvest time is at hand.
Pumpkins that are grown in nutrient-rich soils will grow larger than those grown in poorer land
Step 2. See if the handle has turned brown before harvesting
When a creamy girl pumpkin ripens, the handle goes from green to brown. If it's green, leave the pumpkin in the vine a little longer. In addition to browning, it should also be dry when it's time to harvest.
- When cutting the creamy vine girl pumpkin, leave as much handle as possible, or at least 2 cm of it.
- Removing the handle from the pumpkin can cause the rind to open and allow bacteria to enter, which accelerates the vegetable's rot.
Step 3. Look for a golden or dark beige color
The peel of a ripe creamy girl pumpkin can also be described as light orange. Choose pumpkins with uniform color. The darker it is, the better.
If the squash is pale yellow or you see green spots on the skin, it is not yet ripe
Method 3 of 3: Know How to Save Pumpkins
Step 1. Place the pumpkin in a cool, dark place so it will last
Once harvested, creamy girl squashes can last two to three months if kept in a cool, dark place. The basement, under the house or a cellar are good places to leave them.
The ideal temperature for storing creamy girl pumpkins should be between 10 and 16 ºC
Step 2. Store the pumpkin at room temperature if you are going to use it soon
A ripe squash will last about 14 days stored at room temperature. Unpack it, if any, before putting it away.
Avoid putting whole creamy girl pumpkins in the fridge to preserve their texture
Step 3. Leave the pumpkin in the fridge after cutting it
After opening the pumpkin, the pieces will stay fresh for two to four days if kept in the fridge. Before placing the freshly cut pieces in the refrigerator, place them in an airtight pot or plastic freezer bag with a zipper and remove excess air.
Label the plastic bag or pot to see how long the pumpkin can stay in the fridge
Step 4. Chill or freeze the cooked pumpkin to increase its shelf life
Cooked cream squash is good for four or five days in the fridge. If you put it in the freezer, it will keep its taste fresh for 10 months to a year.