Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

I’ve already seen a nice array of online April Fools Day pranks today, but one of my all time favorites has to be the Spaghetti Tree Hoax of 1957.

The BBC current affairs program Panorama told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the fictitious spaghetti tree, broadcast at a time when this Italian dish was not widely eaten in the UK and some Britons were unaware spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. Hundreds of viewers phoned into the BBC, either to say the story was not true, or wondering about it, with some even asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees.

Here is the TV segment:

So, what food would you want to grow on trees?


7 Responses to “Swiss Spaghetti Harvest”

  1. Anonymous Says:


  2. Rebecca Says:

    Marshmallows! I would have a whole orchard of them.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Marshmallow trees sound so cinematic and wonderful. I could see them in a (non-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Tim Burton film about candy.

  3. Wouldn’t it be great to have a meatball tree to go along with the other one?

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Oh great…I happen to be checking the comments while hungry. Now I really wish I could go pick some meatballs off a tree outside!

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