Monday, 13 September 2010

Vegetable Spaghetti

Well, I didn't really want to harvest this yet but some pesky woodlouse was doing a good (bad!) job burrowing through it. I couldn't very well leave it to be consumed by nature so I took my first veg spahetti home. Here it is. A decent size. I understand you are meant to harvest these when they are yellow/orange so a bit premature :( Ho hum.

It was relatively easy to cut into it as I guess it hadn't formed a very hard skin. I am not saying it was a piece of cake - I'd compare it to cutting into a butternut squash. The smell was lovely and sweet, along the lines of fresh sweetcorn.

I was expecting more 'spaghetti' but I am guessing you get more of that as it matures?? There were lots of seeds amongst the tendril bits which were a bit of a pain to get out.

Well, a bit disappointing on the 'spaghetti' front if I am honest but then I do think it has been picked far too early. Nice flesh though.

Alas, the 'spaghetti' did not appeal too much to me so I have to say it got chucked. It had already started to go brown by the time I was done prepping the rest of the squash.

I've saved the flesh for a curry. Will see how it fares in the taste test :)

There is one more vegetable spaghetti squash still growing so we'll see if that one, left on the vine longer to mature, will be any better...


Jelliebabe said...

Ummmmm - the pulpy bit in the middle is like any other squash - to be thrown away! Its the "flesh" that seperates into strands when cooked. Halve take out the middle roast in oven, then take a fork to the flesh and it seperated into spaghetti like strands - delish! I will be trying to grow these for the first time this year. The seeds can be roasted and eated too :o)

Jelliebabe said...

Hi there

a vegetable spaghetti squash is like most squashes - the fibre bits with the seeds should be discarded! I cut mine in half - remove that bit then roast. When done you can seperate the "flesh" with a fork to form the spaghetti like strands. YUM I will be trying to grow this myself this year so fingers crossed. The seeds can be roasted and eated too! :o)