Folks meet the spaghetti squash, botanically classified as part of the group of cultivars Cucurbita pepo, and it is a winter squash originally hailing from Japan. Spaghetti squash is named for its ribbon or strand-like flesh that looks like spaghetti.
This versatile vegetable group can be the hero of your dish or serve as a wingman to your main course. Pasta, pancake, or served in the half shell, these cultivars do it all without breaking a sweat, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. It’s vegan, vegetarian, meat lover, and even picky eater friendly.
I like it here; I like it there; I like this vegetable everywhere! These squash varieties come in colors of orange, yellow and ivory, and green, ranging from small to large and in several different shapes and different growing habits, so let’s get to our list.
1. Tivoli Spaghetti Squash
Tivoli spaghetti squash is an award-winning squash, an All-American Selection (AAS) national winner in 1991. It has a hard, pale-yellow exterior with an oval shape when it is ripe. A Tivoli spaghetti squash is large and usually weighs between 4 and 5 pounds, and the spaghetti flesh has a sweet and nutty but mild flavor with a crunchy texture.
The easiest way to cook it is to slice it in half and steam or roast it. Once cooked, you can use a fork to agitate or fluff up the flesh to get your spaghetti ready. Like some of its squash relatives (looking at you gem squash), you can keep it low-key delicious by adding some butter and ground salt and pepper for a simple but tasty side dish. This spaghetti squash works well in comfort food meals such as curries and soups, where it will absorb more robust flavors.
Tivoli spaghetti squash is an excellent choice for the avid gardener with limited space. This gourd was bred to grow in a bush. The plant has short vines after the fruit has set and an upright habitat. This breed of spaghetti squash is the first of its kind as most varieties have a vining habitat.
It means that even (large) container growing is suitable for those with real space constraints. For urban gardeners, consider this bush the equivalent of patio garden to (kitchen) pot.
Suitable for growing zones 3 – 10. It takes approximately 98 days to mature and is harvested from mid-summer to late fall. You can gather this squash as a summer squash for at-home growers when the shell is still soft. Some growers recommend that you pick this breed before it is fully ripe if you intend to use it as a spaghetti replacement.
2. Vegetable Spaghetti Squash
The vegetable spaghetti squash is an heirloom variety with tan-colored fruit at maturity, offering up pale yellow flesh with a mild, nutty flavor. It has a long oval shape, and each vegetable weighs approximately 3 pounds. From seed to maturity takes around 100 days, and you can harvest from early summer to mid-fall.
The plant itself likes to spread, so you’ll need a fair amount of space in your garden. The yield is about 5 to 7 vegetables per plant. Organic seeds for growing these plants and vegetables are readily available on the market, and it is the original open pollination spaghetti squash introduced to the American market.
3. Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash
If you are a dinner for one kind of guy or gal, by choice, or because your partner or family eschews anything vegetable, this is the spaghetti squash for you. It is one of the smaller types, thus the name, and is approximately two to three pounds when it is mature.
Most spaghetti squashes are winter squash, and small wonder is no exception. However, like the Tivoli variety, it can be picked as a summer squash but should be harvested regularly to keep the plants productive.
Small wonder spaghetti squash is a beautiful orange color on the outside and a creamy yellow inside, offering more beta-carotene than other spaghetti squash varieties. These small wonders can be cooked like most types of spaghetti squash but do well when oven or air fryer roasted and served with a drizzle of olive oil and a touch of parmesan. If you don’t like carrots and need to amp up the beta carotene, then pick this vegetable.
This plant is semi-bush for home gardeners with a vining habit, reaching maturity in about 80 days, so you’ll need some space to grow them, and if you treat them as winter squash, you will only need to harvest them once in mid-summer. One site I consulted suggested planting them with sunflowers to maximize pollination and yield.
One of the great things about small wonder spaghetti squash is that they store exceptionally well after treatment and curing, so you don’t need to worry that your spaghetti squash will go bad before eating them.
4. Angel Hair Spaghetti Squash
Another spaghetti squash that works for a family of one or a couple who don’t like doing dishes. Angel hair spaghetti squash has a sunshine yellow shell at maturity and weighs approximately 1.5 to 2 pounds. It is a sweet and flavorful spaghetti squash with a uniform egg shape.
As the name suggests, this spaghetti squash has very fine pasta-like threads, meaning you can disguise it easily in sauce or meat dishes to get your carnivores’ recommended fruit and vegetable intake up without any effort. Cook this beauty in the shell and serve. It makes a fun alternative to scraping it out of the shell and may attract picky eaters with its unusual presentation.
For those of you with vegetable gardens, you can grow this gratifying hybrid squash breed without too much effort after the spring frosts with 88 days to maturity. For a high yield, maximize pollination, and under ideal conditions, it can yield up to 14 fruits per plant. It has a vining habit, and using a trellis may be worthwhile. If you are transplanting, keep root disturbance to a minimum or use biodegradable pots to plant directly without disturbing the roots.
5. Sugaretti Spaghetti Squash
The sugaretti spaghetti squash is another AAS, but regional this time, winner. The win was in 2017, making this a recent addition to the spaghetti squash family. You can identify this hybrid spaghetti squash easily. It looks a bit like a watermelon or delicata. It has a hard green exterior with white to beige stripes and a pale orange interior.
Like the Stripetti and Tivoli varieties, the sugaretti offers a nutty, sweet flavor similar to the traditional sweet potato. The fruit is an elongated oval and weighs approximately 1 to 1.5 pounds per fruit.
The benefit of growing this particular spaghetti squash is that it is more mildew resistant than other varieties. Like most winter squash, it takes about 90 days to develop from seed for home gardeners. Curiously, this spaghetti squash is supposed to work well in compact gardening environments with semi-bushy vines purported to spread about 2 feet; several growers have reported this as false, that the vines grow 6 to 8 feet.
6. Stripetti Spaghetti Squash
Another hybrid spaghetti squash, the stripetti, is a combination of the soft delicata flesh and the hard exterior of the spaghetti squash. Like the sugaretti, it is a mottled cream and green but is orange on the outside at full maturity, with the stripes remaining visible. It has a sweeter taste than traditional spaghetti squash types and a nutty flavor, and the flesh is thick and yellow.
It has been available in the States since sometime after 2010. It is considered a mid to large-sized vegetable weighing approximately 4 pounds per fruit, and the shape is an elongated oval with rounded ends.
The stripetti spaghetti squash is like all the other varieties, can serve as a substitute for traditional spaghetti. It can also be used in stir-fries and, once cooked, can be served in hot dishes or cold salad dishes.
This variety has a vining habit offering vegetable maturity at just over 95 days.
7. Orangetti Spaghetti Squash
There are no two ways about it. The orangetti spaghetti squash is, like the name suggests, orange! Due to high carotenoid levels, this vegetable is orange both inside and outside and offers a slightly sweet taste. The original orange spaghetti squash was first released in 1986 and developed in Israel. This is one of the prettiest spaghetti squash available, and the orange contrasts nicely with your dishes.
The orangetti is another on our list that is a good choice for one or two people. The vegetables themselves grow on non-branching vines and weigh up to 2 pounds, and are considered suitable for beginners to grow. The yield will mature after 75 days, making them one of the fastest growers on our list.
8. Goldetti Spaghetti Squash
The goldetti spaghetti squash has a gold-colored rind. This striking vegetable is large and in charge with the fruit, each weighing approximately 4-6 pounds and a cylindrical shape.
The goldetti is another hybrid variety and, from seed to maturity, takes approximately 100-120 days, making patience a virtue if you are growing your own. The striking color is contrasted by a mild flavor, making it an excellent choice for spicy foods.
9. Primavera Spaghetti Squash
This primavera spaghetti squash is another of our hybrids on this list, offering vegetable gardeners higher yields and uniformity. They are the traditional spaghetti squash oval shape and are canary yellow on the outside at maturity with yellow-orange flesh. The primavera variety is mid-sized and is usually 2.5 to 3.5 pounds per fruit.
The flesh has the traditional spaghetti consistency when fluffed with a fork, but the primavera spaghetti squash offers a unique alternative to potato if you are off carbs. You can even use it for a primavera-inspired dish for which it is named.
The primavera spaghetti squash has a semi-bush habit, and the fruit grows quite happily on a restricted vine and is ready after approximately 90 days.
10. Hasta la Pasta Spaghetti Squash
This spaghetti squash has a fun name. Try saying it five times fast! Talking about fast, this plant produces fruit in approximately 80 days, making it a gratifyingly fast grower. Like the Tivoli, this plant has a compact bush habit. Unlike the Tivoli, it is orange spaghetti squash. The hasta la pasta spaghetti squash, like most of the orange varieties on this list, has a slightly sweeter taste.
The average weight of hasta la pasta spaghetti squash is approximately 2.4 pounds. The fruit themselves are a small oblong and deep orange color.
11. Pinnacle Spaghetti Squash
The pinnacle spaghetti squash is a bright yellow vegetable with pale yellow flesh, offering the traditional nutty taste of the original spaghetti squash. This particular spaghetti squash typically weighs approximately 3 pounds, putting it in the small to mid-range size-wise.
The pinnacle plant is a hybrid semi-bush variety suitable for smaller gardens and yields about four fruits per plant. Maturity takes approximately 85 days.
12. Unique PMT Hybrid Winter Squash
Another single-serving spaghetti squash, this variety has a fresh, nutty flavor and the general sweetness that accompanies the orange types of this vegetable. It is a deep yellow-orange color and has an oval shape. The vegetables weigh approximately 1.3 pounds each, and the texture of the flesh is similar to that angel hair variety.
The unique is a semi-bush variety that produces runners late in the season.
The unique pmt spaghetti squash is a prolific producer, and yields mature fruit after approximately 85 days.
13. Vermicelli Spaghetti Squash
This spaghetti squash is last on the list because I stumbled across it on Amazon right at the end of my hunt for seeds. The vermicelli spaghetti squash is a hybrid semi-bush variety of plants with ivory-skinned fruit. Fruit maturity is 90 days, as is expected from these breeds of winter squash. It has the traditional pasta-like flesh.
- Kitchen Garden Seeds
- Sakata – Tivoli
- Gurneys – Tivoli Hybrid Spaghetti Winter Squash
- Park Seed – Tivoli Hybrid Spaghetti Squash Seeds
- Park Seed – Small Wonder Hybrid Spaghetti Squash Seeds
- Hoss Tools – Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash
- West Coast Seeds
- dpseeds – Angel Hair F1 Hybrid Winter Squash
- All-America Selections – Squash Tivoli F1
- NeSeed – Angel Hair F1 Hybrid Winter Squash Seeds
- Botanical Interests – Angel Hair Winter Spaghetti Squash Seeds
- Kitchen Garden Seeds – Angel Hair Spaghetti Squash
- All-America Selections – Squash Sugaretti F1
- Territorial Seed – Small Wonder
- Willhite seed
- Vermont Bean
- Amazon – David’s Garden Seeds Squash Winter Sugaretti
- Specialty Produce – Stripetti Squash
- Ruppseeds – Stripetti
- Fresh City Farms – Squash, Spaghetti
- Inspired Taste
- Thompson-Morgan – Squash ‘Primavera’ F1 Hybrid
- Stoke Seeds – Primavera
- Hoss Tools – Primavera Spaghetti Squash
- Genesis Seeds – Orangetti, F1
- Origene Seeds – Orangetti
- Damseeds – Winter Squash, Orangetti Hybrid Organic
- NeSeed – Unique PMT F1 Hybrid Winter Squash Seeds