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August 16, 2007


Sounds like Scallopini Squash to me. From the description: "scallopini Notes: This is like a pattypan squash, only it's greener and rounder."

Your guess is as good as mine... I grew spaghetti squash from seed and have eaten a few already. It's my favorite squash and yes, it looks like spaghetti strands, sort of, once it is cooked. Delicious.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

I was thinking acorn squash but I don't know. Harmony probably has it right.I love spaghetti squash.

honestly, that kind of looks like an ornamental gourd to me.

I think Ethan has hit the nail on the head. Possibly a Bush Scallop that's crossed with a gourd?

I was browsing through the Henry Field's catalog and spied this: Sweet Mama Hybrid (winter squash). I immediately thought of your post! But I think Steven has it right -- it is a hybrid of some sort.

Wow, Thank you to everyone who answered! I guess the next step is to try and cook some of it. That will rule out it being a gourd. Although they could be gourds since they are the only thing the groundhogs are not bothering!

I'll let you know more after we try to cook some. Thanks again!

Laura D

That is an acorn squash-also known as spaghetti squash. It gets it's nickname by the way it looks after it is cooked. If you cut it in half, butter both exposed sides and put it in a medium oven for a bout 1/2 hr. When a fork easily penetrates the exposed layer-it's done. Hold it with a hot mitt and scrape it with the fork=you will see the "spaghetti" is the strand like fibers of the squash as you scrape it. Great by itself or with sauces.

Spaghetti and acorn squash are two entirely different animals. Spaghetti squash is either cream when unripe...turning yellow when ripe or green and cream turning darker when ripe. This is acorn squash colour, however not acorn squash shape as someone else noted earlier.

I know this is a waaaay old post now, but had to share my similar experience. I was attempting to grow spaghetti squash for the first time this year, but from seed I bought via catalog. I'd never even seen one before. My problem came when I discovered that the truckload of composted manure I'd bought for the garden began sprouting some kind of squash EVERYWHERE. Most places I just pulled it up but in the squash bed I could not tell it apart from those seeds I had planted! Now I have some green & white striped squash that I know nothing about and it's VERY prolific. I did end up with a few spag. variety, though most of them were choked out by this other. Well, next year I'll know what to watch for!

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