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How to select / Storage methods

Purchase selection

Choose New Zealand Buttercup Squash that have:

  • A firm skin. Press firmly all over to make sure the rind isn’t soft (a sign of immaturity or over maturity or improper storage.)
  • Look for a good strong colors-the skin color should not look washed out. Dark green coloured skin with a yellow/orange ground spot. Dark orange flesh.
  • Heavy in size
  • Free of blemishes or mouldy spots.
  • Earliest signs of decay can often be seen as a softening of the skin around the stem of the fruit.


  • Store in a cool, preferably dark, well-ventilated area for up to one month at 12°C
  • Wrap cut pieces in plastic and refrigerate up to seven days
  • Store uncut in a cool, dry area up to 3 months
  • NZ Buttercup Squash is ethylene sensitive- keep away from ethylene producing fruits and ripening rooms
  • Do not store below 10°C