The spaghetti tree
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?
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.
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.
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.