an acorn squash that is heavy for its size with smooth, dull skin and no soft spots. A good balance between green and orange coloring is optimal.
acorn squash that has shiny skin, which indicates it was picked before full maturity, unless the producer has applied wax. Too much orange coloring on the skin indicates an overripe squash, which will be dry and stringy. Be aware that lighter weight squash have lost moisture through the skin and will be drier.