How can I be sure the winter squashes I select are fresh and wholesome?

Select winter squash that is firm, heavy for its size, and that has a hard, tough skin with no cuts, punctures, sunken spots, or mold. A tender rind indicates immaturity, which is undesirable in winter squash.
When selecting winter squash, avoid specimens with nicks and bruises. Also avoid soft or translucent specimens.
Whole Foods "Guide to Vegetables"


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