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Apr 1, 2009 05:09 AM

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?

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    1. 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

        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

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

          1. re: blewgo

            Alice Waters would be so proud of you! ;)

          2. re: Fiona

            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. i think you might want to consult the hardiness zones map before you plant:

            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

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

              1. re: margshep

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

                1. re: alkapal

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

                  1. re: blewgo

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

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

              1. 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

                  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

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