Gardening

Spaghetti squash: surprising flesh


Spaghetti squash, named after the famous Italian pasta, is an easy fruit of culture and interesting in cooking.

En summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Cucurbita pepo
Family : Cucurbits
Type : Vegetable

Height
: 20 to 50 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich

Harvest : September October

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From sowing to harvest, here's how to grow your spaghetti squash and have great harvests.

Sowing and planting spaghetti squash

Depending on the climate in your area, the spaghetti squash seedlings takes place from February-March under shelter and in a bucket with a transplanting after any risk of frost, or directly in place from the month of May.

  • The spaghetti squash dreads the cold and therefore needs a temperate to warm climate to rise properly.
  • Spaghetti squash likes rather rich soils, do not hesitate to amend the soil compost or fertilizer before growing it.

The bucket sowing must be done around 3 weeks before transplanting in the ground. You should therefore not sow too early.

  • Fucking lightly 2 to 3 seeds per cup.
  • Make sure the temperature does not drop below 12 ° during germination.
  • Once emerged, we keep only the most vigorous plant.
  • 3 weeks later, you can put in the ground provided that all risk of frost is eliminated.
  • Provide a space of 1 m minimum between each foot.

Sowing spaghetti squash in the ground:

You can also perform a sowing directly in the ground from May on condition that you have a good late season after summer in your region.

  • Spaghetti squash needs a rich soil for a good harvest.
  • So do not hesitate to bringcompost or fertilizer upon planting.
  • Loosen the soil well before sowing the spaghetti squash.
  • Provide a space of 1 m minimum between each foot.

Caring for spaghetti squash

You can pinch the stems above the 3rd or 4th leaf in order to stimulate the development of the plant, you will have a better production.

Once your spaghetti squash plants are well developed, you need to mulch the foot to keep the soil cool and moist.

  • Mulching also helps prevent the spaghetti squash from touching the soil and thus rotting of fruit.

Watering the spaghetti squash:

Spaghetti squash needs water to thrive, especially in hot weather and / or prolonged drought.

  • Watering in the morning without watering the leaves is therefore recommended in the summer.

Harvesting spaghetti squash

Regarding the harvest, you can pick the spaghetti squash when it is really yellow. The coloring of spaghetti squash is a good indicator of when it is ripe.

To know if the spaghetti squash is ready, it must also have a perfectly smooth skin.

  • Each plant produces about 3 to 5 squash which can weigh between 2 and 4 kg each.
  • When picking, always keep part of the peduncle to promote conservation.
  • Harvest your spaghetti squash before the first frosts.

Storing the spaghetti squash:

After picking, the spaghetti squash can be stored for several months in a dry place at a temperature of around 10-15 ° C.

  • Avoid storing the spaghetti squash in a damp place as this greatly reduces the storage time.
  • As soon as part of the spaghetti squash becomes soft, remove it and eat it right away.

All you need to know about spaghetti squash

It is part of the large family of cucurbits, but it is certainly one of the most surprising.

Indeed, we call this squash, "Spaghetti", for its single flesh which gives long filaments resembling famous italian pasta during cooking.

If its flesh is not as important in taste as other squash, it is really for its spaghetti-shaped appearance that has made it famous.

You can surprise young and old by cooking this squash and serving it in the same way you would with real spaghetti.

Low in calories and rich in vitamins C, spaghetti squash also has recognized antioxidant properties.

Finally, note that the spaghetti squash seeds are perfectly edible and, once dried, will be perfect in salads or simply salted as an aperitif.

Smart tip

Be careful not to let too much fruit develop on each plant (maximum 5) because you risk altering the general quality of the harvest of your spaghetti squash


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