It’s harvest time! It's funny, but if you live in a tropical place, having a cooler season to do the harvest sounds amazing. I have learned, however, that in countries with four seasons, there are certain foods that can be harvested late summer or autumn, and spaghetti squash is one of them.
Wouldn't it be great to harvest when the air is cool and the temperature mild? Let me explain the basics of spaghetti squash farming and the best time to pick it.
What is spaghetti squash you may ask? Well, this delightful vegetable is a healthy looking yellowy orange which is also popularly known as winter squash.
It comes from the plant group Cucurbita Pepo, which is in the same family as the common pumpkin. Spaghetti squash is different from the others since its strands look like spaghetti pasta, thus its name.
Cooking spaghetti squash is simple, but what about planting it? You’re going to need greenfingers here, rookie! You'll need the right farming tools and a space to plant it (your backyard will do) in order to get it to sprout. A little help from the sun, a few sprinkles of rain, and a handful of patience will do the trick.
If you watch this video guide on how to plant spaghetti squash, what can go wrong?
Since spaghetti squash is classified as a winter squash species, I thought the best time to harvest it was during wintertime, but I discovered it is best harvested during the period from late summer to early fall.
Since the times of the seasons differ around the world (fall is in September for some), I will just say that it needs to be harvested when it is mature, and it is best to do it at a given time and day of the season.
I have excitedly peeked at my spaghetti squash almost every morning, but how do I know if it is ready for picking?
Here is an actual video on how to know if it is ready to be picked:
After harvesting, it most likely goes to three different places.
1. Store it whole and raw in a place that is cool and dark, preferably a big storage place. Storing it this way will keep it cool for an average of 3 months.
Here is a video that shows you how to store them:
2. Freeze them after cooking. This method will keep them longer until you need to use them. It only requires a small amount of space.
We have featured how to freeze spaghetti squash recently and here is a link to the guide >> How to freeze spaghetti squash.
Is spaghetti squash healthy? Yep! It sure is! In fact, here are some of the benefits that we can receive:
It is important to know the health benefits of the food that we often eat and you can be sure spaghetti squash is healthy. So let's start cooking!
I have featured my favorite spaghetti squash recipe collections and I suggest you try them. I know you'll love the taste! Here is a link >> Spaghetti squash recipes.