These past few weeks I've been closely watching one of our beautiful butternuts get larger and larger. Being very curious to see what it weighed at this point, I took my kitchen scale to the garden. (You probably know where this is going ....) In the process of ever-so-gently lifting the one end in order to slide the scale underneath, the stem snapped. Could have kicked myself. Well, it weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. so far; curiosity satisfied. Trouble is, this beauty is still very light beige/lt. green. Grrrrrrr. Does anyone know if it will ripen eventually? I brought it in the house.... Thank you for any input. I've been gardening for decades, but still have to learn many things the hard way.