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Gourds

Most of us think of gourds as purely decoration, but they are so much more than that.  Birdhouses and containers, there are also gourds to eat and even gourds to use as sponges!  

  • Bushel Gourd

    The Native Americans used these large, round gourds as storage vessels.  They can be used in crafts, decorated as storage containers, or even make them into planters!  Harvest before frost and dry in a dark place for up to 6 months...

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  • Futo Spindle Bitter Melon

    60-70 days.  With large, climbing vines and yellow flowers, this Japanese bitter melon produces dark green, heavily warted fruits.  The leaves and shoots are also edible.  Bitter melon is traditionally eaten in curries, soups or stir fries...

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  • Giant Bottle Gourd (Birdhouse)

    Giant Bottle Gourd (Birdhouse)

    110 days.  These large, interesting gourds are grown for ornamental purposes as well as for birdhouses.  It requires a long warm growing season, but I had a lot of luck with them in Michigan, having yields of around 15 gourds from 2 plants...

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  • Luffa Gourd

    80 days.  These gourds have many purposes.  The young fruit are good cooked and used in salads, the immature fruits are good stir fried, and the mature gourds can be dried for use as sponges.     Minimum of 15 seeds per packet...

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  • Serpent of Sicily Zucchini

    70-75 days.  Lagenaria siceraria.  Actually a gourd, Serpent of Sicily is delicious eaten young as a zucchini.  Its vines can grow up to 25 feet long.  It has the added benefit of not being closely related to zucchini, making it...

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  • Speckled Swan Gourd

    105 days.  These larger gourds look like giant swans.  They have a round base, curved neck and a beautiful little head and beak at the top.  They are fun ornamental gourds to grow and enjoy.   Minimum of 20 seeds per packet...

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