If the stem breaks
off, it creates a wound that can lead to rot.
Martin's will also send a letter confirming the customer's registration along with details on using the policy if a stem breaks
. The retailer may choose whether to handle the replacement request or turn it over to Martin's.
Most winter squash will keep up to four months after harvest if you follow these tips: Harvest after the first light frost to enhance sweetness but before a hard frost; never handle squash by the stem (fruits can rot in just a few weeks after the stem breaks
); cut--don't pull--squash from the vine, and leave 2 inches of the stem attached; wipe off any dirt but don't get the fruits wet; cure fruits in a warm place (80 to 85 degrees is ideal) for a couple of weeks.
The letter you reach when the stem breaks
is the initial of the first name of the man you'll marry.
To prepare Asparagus you start at the end away from the spears and feel along it till you come to the point where the stem breaks
naturally; snap it off.