Spaghetti squash, also known as vegetable spaghetti, is a type of winter squash that, when cooked, separates into long pasta-like strands. All winter squash share a few common characteristics. The outer rinds are hard and difficult to pierce, enabling them to have long storage periods, from one week and six months. The flesh is mildly sweet to nutty in flavor and finely grained in texture.
In general, this squash provides abundant phytonutrients that promote health. It contains beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits and support the immune system. Other key nutrients include vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, magnesium, copper, and potassium. The combination of these nutrients make this food an excellent part of a heart-healthy diet. These nutrients are also known for their role in cancer prevention and management of blood sugar levels.
Spaghetti squash is at peak season from October to November. Choose a squash that is firm, heavy for its size and has a dull, not glossy, rind. Soft rinds may indicate that the squash is watery and lacking in flavor. Some tasty yet simple ways to prepare spaghetti squash include:
- Top with pasta sauce and Mediterranean herbs
- Prepare with eggs, onions and spinach for a savory breakfast
- Combine with tomatoes, avocado, cumin and cilantro for a latin flavor
- Toss with sesame seed oil, water chestnuts, carrots and bok choy for an oriental flavor
Find more delicious ways to prepare spaghetti squash
- World’s Healthiest Foods “Squash, Winter.” Accessed 26 Nov. 2017: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63
- TheScienceofEating.com “Benefits of Spaghetti Squash.” Accessed 26 Nov. 2017: http://thescienceofeating.com/2014/12/24/benefits-of-spaghetti-squash-2/