Ripe delecata squash are pale and have a very mild (but extremely
sweet) squash flavor.
Ripe squash will turn colors. For a delicata, it will be less pale green
and more of a warm cream, and when very ripe the squash will also
show an orange blush. The dark green stripes (particularly at the
blossom end) will begin to turn orange. Any pale spot (from touching
the ground) will color up.
The stem will be very hard (like wood).
The rind will be tough enough that it will resist being pierced by
(These last two signs indicate a squash that is mature enough to store
This image shows delicata squashes looking rather ripe:
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