Truth be told, spaghetti squash is one of the cheaper veggies these days, even through the absurd price increases produce has showcased over the last couple of years. Today, the average price for one squash is $3.50 in Alberta, and one can quite easily feed a family of 4 as the main entrée.
That being said, if you could pay $3.50 once, then feed your family for free* thereafter, doesn’t that sound more appealing? Harvesting the seeds from your squash can provide a never-ending supply of veg. Provided that you have access to some full sun, you can grow your own, even if you are an apartment dweller. Spaghetti squash are happy enough as container plants as long as they have enough room to grow (a large, 5L pot per plant is recommended).
After cracking open your squash, and scraping the guts out, separate the stringy-bits from the seeds and discard. Place the seeds into a jar with a lid, and add enough water for about 2″ plus the seeds. Give the jar a shake, and leave on the counter away from direct sun.
Once or twice a day, for 2-3 days, shake the jar. This will make sure that the seeds are free of any residual stringy-bits, and the viable seeds will start to sink. After you notice a big change in the floating:sinking ratio, your seeds are ready to be dried.
Use a fork to scoop out the undesirable seeds and sludge, and drain the jar of the water. Lay out some paper towel, or a towel as I used, and sprinkle the viable seeds into a single layer. Let the seeds dry on a counter for 4-5 days (or until all seeds are dried), then store in a paper envelope in a cool, dry place until it’s time to sow!
Do you save any fruit or veg seeds?
*free in the sense that you don’t have to pay for produce in the store. You still need to account for soil, and water consumption. Also, make sure that your squash source is from a farmer’s market, as some grocery-stores purchase hybrid produce that have been GMO’d to not reproduce.