Spaghetti squash...

26 April, 2012

For the first time this year I have grown spaghetti squash. It is one of those veg that really ticks the boxes of what I like to grow in my garden, being:
- something I can't buy it in a supermarket, and
- a bit fun!!

And so this year for the first time I grew it.

I started off with 6 seedlings in my newspaper pots, but only one survived the great planting out of Nov 2011. At first I only had one spag squash on the plant, but with the change to autumn the plant has had a second wind and produced another eight fruits! That's a grand total of nine spaghetti squash! And that's more than enough for me.

At first the spag squash look quite innocent, tiny little babies that they are.


But do not be fooled; they will become monsters before you can run for the secateurs and harvest the massive things.


I managed to get one that was a bit old, and a bit of a younger one to compare the two.


Having never tried spag squash before, I was unsure how to cook the things. But I though squash are closely related to pumpkin, and pumpkins are always best roasted to intensify their flavour. So into the oven they went, halved with the seeds scraped out.

The bizarre thing about spag squash it that they, as their name would suggest, flesh that when cooked forms a strand like texture. When you look up close you can see where this odd texture comes from.


So after roasting in a hot oven for just over an hour the spag squash was finally soft enough to scrape  into spaghetti like strands.


And mixed with basil pesto it was really lovely. Being more zucchini-like in taste than pumpkin-like it does need a strongly flavoured sauce.


I preferred the texture of the younger squash as it was a bit softer. So I'm off to harvest the rest before they get too elderly and tough....


2 comments:

  1. Hi there Bek, That looks fantastic! I have always wanted to grow spaghetti squash, just for the fun of it, I think it is something the children might enjoy....I'll add it to my 'to do list' You've got some great stuff growing in your backyard there...enjoy your journey. :)

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    1. Thanks for that! The spag squash is well worth it, and I'll be growing it again, but only one plant for sure! I'd love to hear how it goes. Cheers, Bek

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