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Old 09-05-2022, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Redwood Shores, CA
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This grew out of our compost pile. I don't recall having bought this vegetable, but somehow it is there in my compost.

Anyone know what this is and how to eat it? The flesh is rather hard. Picture below.
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Old 09-05-2022, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Redwood Shores, CA
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What is this vegetable and how to eat it?-vegetable-mystery.jpg
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Old 09-05-2022, 04:58 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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I can't see the picture too well and it's only a guess but oftentimes a squash plant will crossbreed with another type of squash or similar. For instance, pumpkin could cross with a winter squash or a summer squash. A lot of these vegetables are so closely related that they can interbreed. Probably cucumbers are another one. If you don't know what it is I'd say don't eat it. It probably doesn't taste too good. Did you plant any kind of squash?
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Old 09-05-2022, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Some kind of squash.
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Old 09-05-2022, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Yup, a squash.

Whether it tastes good or not can only be found out by cooking and eating it.

If you don't grow squash yourself - and it sounds as if you don't - the seed could have come into your garden any number of ways. For instance, you might have added seeds from a squash you bought to your compost pile.
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Old 09-05-2022, 06:31 PM
 
Location: In The South
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Looks like a spaghetti squash.
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Old 09-06-2022, 09:43 AM
 
Location: B.C., Canada
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Looks like a spaghetti squash.
Yes, I agree spaghetti squash is what it looks like. If both the raw or cooked flesh peels away in thin long strings that look like strings of cooked spaghetti noodles that's likely what it is. Spaghetti squash is good to eat and can be used as a substitute for spaghetti. You should cook and eat it immediately once you cut into it though. Don't store uncooked cut open spaghetti squash in the fridge for more than a day or two at most because it can go fuzzy with mold quickly after it's been cut open. Spaghetti squash is best cooked by baking but it can also be steamed. Here is further information about how to tell when it's ripe and ready for harvest and how to cook it:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=spagh...client=gws-wiz

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Old 09-06-2022, 09:57 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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That looks like a spaghetti squash to me. What an odd thing to have mystically appear in your compost pile if you have not been growing and eating spaghetti squash.


Cook it, shred it, and s serve it with spaghetti sauce and a bit of Parmesan cheese.
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Old 09-06-2022, 10:02 AM
 
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Depends what you want. If you want vegetable spaghetti do as others suggest, cut it in half, remove seeds and bake or even boil it, then scrape out the spaghetti. It will come out in spaghetti like strings which you can fluff/separate with fork if necessary. https://www.allrecipes.com/article/h...ghetti-squash/



But you can also remove seeds, remove peelings and slice/chop it up to add to soup or stews. Cooks faster like that. Its a non-sweet winter squash so quite T2 diabetic friendly. People obviously grow it mostly for the texture.


Like most winter squash you do need a sharp heavy knife to deal with its shell. A lighter knife will work if very sharp. Just be careful takes bit force.
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Old 09-06-2022, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Looks like a spaghetti squash that didn't elongate as it grew.
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