The more general word “squash” is a derivation of a New England Native American term “askutasquash,” meaning vegetables consumed while green, in other words, a summer squash. Squash was domesticated in a variety of New World sites, including central Mexico, Peru, and the eastern United States, as early as 10,000 years ago.
Spaghetti Winter Squash, Cucurbita pepo
Spaghetti squash has medium-size, oblong yellow fruit with mildly sweet, stringy flesh. Bake or boil and then fork out the “spaghetti” and top with a favorite sauce, or combine it with other vegetables.
Days to Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Maturity: 100 days
Height: 10-12 inches
Spread: 48-60 inches
Fruit Size: 15-18 inches
Squash require loamy soils that can retain some moisture, as they do not like to be left too dry for any extended period of time. They require full sun and like a soil that has some organic material in it to draw nutrients from.
Plant near: beans, corn, cucumber, melon, mint, onion, pumpkin
Helped by: borage, marigolds, nasturtiums (which all deter common squash pests).
Squash has many vital poly-phenolics, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Vitamin A, a & b-carotenes, cryptoxantohin-B, lutein
B-complex vitamins (folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, pantothenic acid)
Iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus
Amino acid Tryptophan (a health benefiting GABA which is neuro-chemical in the brain).
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