spaghetti winter squash

Spaghetti Winter Squash, Cucurbita pepo

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Approx:15 seeds

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.

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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.

Days to Germination: 10-14 days

Days to Maturity: 100 days

Height: 10-12 inches

Spread: 48-60 inches

Fruit Size: 15-18 inches

Full Sun

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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