Winter squash is harvested late in the growing season when it’s fully mature. Rinds should be hard and taste best after cooking. Most winter squash have a vining habit and long fruit storage as compared to the bushy growth habit and shorter shelf life of summer squash.
The Waltham Butternut Squash's delicious fine textured flesh and long storage capability definitely makes it the top winter squash choice.
The Kikuza Squash is a unique, pumpkin-like, delicious Japanese heirloom squash that can grow to be a large 5 lbs. with an orange ribbed rind.