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The spaghetti tree

blewgo Apr 1, 2009 05:09 AM

I would like to try to grow my own spaghetti. Does anyone know of a source for the trees in the USA? Also, is regional climate a problem?


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      Fiona Apr 1, 2009 05:28 AM

      Many years ago, it could have been fifty years ago this very day, Jack Paar showed a moving and informative documentary of the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. I believe it was originally a BBC production. The film showed the happy peasants gathering for the harvest and the harvest feast. Based on the importance of this crop to the Swiss peasant culture I think that we should support it by not growing our own spaghetti. Every tree that is planted in this country undermines the indigenous culture of the community.

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      1. re: Fiona
        blewgo Apr 1, 2009 05:36 AM

        What can I say? I'm a rebel. I want to top my home grown spaghetti with fresh sauce made from my own home grown tomatoes, garlic and basil.

        1. re: blewgo
          mpjmph Apr 1, 2009 05:57 AM

          Just make sure you use cruelty free meat in your sauce :)

          1. re: blewgo
            kattyeyes Apr 1, 2009 03:28 PM

            Alice Waters would be so proud of you! ;)

          2. re: Fiona
            NellyNel Apr 1, 2009 06:22 AM

            Fiona - You are right - the BBC did that particular stunt for an Aprils Fool gag. (Although I thought it was an Italian peasant community...may be wrong obviously!)

          3. alkapal Apr 1, 2009 06:29 AM

            i think you might want to consult the hardiness zones map before you plant: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ush...

            i know i can grow it here in arlington, va. we have a terrific micro-climate on our front lawn, as it faces south east. we got our tree at home depot (or was it wolf trap nursery?)....

            btw, help your neighbors learn that "your" spaghetti is not "their" spaghetti (when they sneak over during the night with their flashlights and harvest baskets), and that they can just as easily go to the nursery and buy their own spaghetti tree.

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            1. re: alkapal
              margshep Apr 1, 2009 04:33 PM

              If you have very fertile ground, you will get macaroni instead of spaghetti.

              1. re: margshep
                alkapal Apr 1, 2009 04:38 PM

                ;-). last year, we even harvested some tortellini, with good weather and a nice soil nutrient supplement.

                1. re: alkapal
                  blewgo Apr 1, 2009 04:58 PM

                  How do you prevent infestations by the spaghetti weevil? Do you use Malathion or Diazinon or a soap spray?

                  1. re: blewgo
                    alkapal Apr 1, 2009 05:11 PM

                    i use spray-misted olive oil. slicks those weevils right off.

            2. alanstotle Apr 1, 2009 10:08 AM

              One thing's for sure: you need to be pretty well-dressed when you do the harvesting.

              1. cayjohan Apr 1, 2009 02:37 PM

                Hmmm...watching the new "Chopped" last night, I saw one of the judges describe a chef's pasta base as a "nice tree" from which to "hang" the ingredients.

                More than coincidence?

                Thanks for the laugh!

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                1. re: cayjohan
                  HotMelly Apr 2, 2009 06:01 AM

                  I'm not up on the Spaghetti tree, but I used to grow my own croutons. It's a tough crop to grow. One good rain can ruin the whole crop

                  1. re: HotMelly
                    alkapal Apr 2, 2009 06:03 AM

                    usually, that's an arid region crop. you're in a temperate zone, perhaps?

                2. alanstotle Apr 2, 2009 02:06 PM

                  I had a friend back in college whose family operated a tortilla ranch in southern Arizona near the New Mexico border. He said working on a tortilla ranch while he was growing up added new meaning to the phrase "Round 'em up!"

                  He said that sometimes the corn & flour tortillas would mingle & produce a hybrid off-spring they called a florn tortilla, but florn tortillas couldn't produce their own off-spring.

                  My friend is still interested in food today--he runs a slow-paced fast-food restaurant in the S.F. Bay Area. So I once asked him, if he was so interested in food, why didn't he stay on the ranch & take over when his parents got too old to run the ranch themselves. He said that in tortilla ranching it's too difficult to get three square meals a day.

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