Spaghetti Squash

tivoli-squash-cutIn 2016 we tried growing Spaghetti squash in our Sunnyvale garden. Because we grow almost everything in containers, we got a bush variety (Tivoli) that does not sprawl all that much. Our container was wide but shallow. This resulted in fewer fruit. There is a long time till harvest. Spaghetti squash is a hard gourd, like pumpkin, so you cannot pick early and let ripen. The surest test is to rap your knuckles on the pumpkin shell. If your knuckles go through the shell, it is over-ripe. The first squash was a beauty. But then one day the squash had a bunch of gnaw marks. Sigh. tivoli-squash-oven
The recipe for baking spaghetti squash is very simple: Cut in half; Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff (like a pumpkin); drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper; Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 325. It was very tasty. It is also good with marinara sauce.

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