The Q&A Archives: Largest Spaghetti Squash

Question: What is the size of the largest spaghetti squash plant grown and how large did the vegetables get? I presently have a spaghetti squash plant that is 35 feet in length, and still growing, with vegetables about the size of footballs.

Answer: The squash (Cucurbitaceae) includes hundreds of species of vines bearing coiled, climbing tendrils and some of the most unusual fruits in the world. The total number of species may exceed 700, with at least 100 different genera. Known as "curcurbits", the fruits of this exceedingly diverse family come in an astounding array of shapes and sizes, from tiny, marble-sized "jumbie pumpkins" of the Caribbean islands to giant gourds over seven feet (2 m) long. In fact, the undisputed world's largest fruits belong to this remarkable plant family. According to Cucurbits, the official newsletter of the World Pumpkin Confederation, a 1993 record-breaking pumpkin weighed in at 836 pounds (379 kg) and a giant squash tipped the scales at just over 700 pounds (317 kg). One year later at the "gourd olympics" in Port Elgin, Ontario, the reign of the pumpkin was broken by a 900 (408 kg) pound squash!

Your spaghetti squash plant may be quite prolific, but it doesn't quite meet the world record standards. Hope you don't run out of garden room before the season ends!

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