Is my spaghetti squash ripe enough?

jennieboyer(8)June 12, 2012

I was leaving this squash on the vine, but when I went to move it today to check on things, it broke off the vine. Think it's ready enough to eat? It's my first ever spaghetti squash, so I don't even know what it's supposed to look/taste like on the inside. Thanks!

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I've only cooked them when they were yellow. What is the length of this squash?

Here is a link that might be useful: Spaghetti squash

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 5:51PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

No sorry it is still far too green. You can cook it and try it if you wish but you won't care for the flavor at all IME. It will have a sharp, unripe flavor not at all like spaghetti squash normally tastes.

Spaghetti is a winter squash harvested in fall in late Sept. or October when the vine is mostly dead and the squash itself has a hard rind and are a bright solid golden yellow.


Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow and harvest winter squash

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 5:59PM
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Here's a pic from another angle. Two sides are golden, two sides green. It is 9" long and 18" around. I was afraid it wasn't ready :-( And I was trying so hard to save this plant to let this one squash ripen. The rest of the plant took a hit from powdery mildew. Grrrrrr.......

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 6:12PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Look at the pics in the link I provided above. Your squash is approx. another 2 months or more from being ready and will still be fairly green inside as well.



    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 7:13PM
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I've eaten at that stage -- you may or may not have to peel, depending upon how hard the rind is. I generally would remove seeds, cut into cubes or slices, sprinkle with seasoning mix, drizzle with oil, and roast in a hot oven (about 400) until cooked through and somewhat browned on the edges. Not all bad that way.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 7:19PM
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I know this was asked a long time ago, but this also happened to me. It was not good to make spaghetti squash at all, so I cut it up and took all the seeds out and cooked it in a small amount of water. I added molasses and a stick of cinnamon and it was actually pretty good. Way better than letting it go to waste. :)

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 9:53PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

marbella ...I agree. spaghetti squash, when mature just develops more texture an has slightly less water contents. it is similr to other squash types called SHARK FIN and COYOTE(?). The latter is sold at Asian markets when quite young. It is often is substituted for SHARK FIN squash in summer. I have made shark fin (faux) soup with it many time.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 5:00AM
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