Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Big Apple Gourd

Branching off from the usual pumpkin posts I thought I would include some gourd varieties as well. This beautiful Big Apple Gourd is in the same Cucurbita family with pumpkins. The main difference between gourds and pumpkins are that traditionally you don't eat gourds. They are used to make tools like bowls, baskets, ladles or decorations. To read more about the usefulness of gourds check out my GRIT post on Birdhouse Gourds.

The Big Apple Gourd is a medium to large gourd growing around 5 to 10 inches. It's is shaped like an apple (hence the name) and has a green flesh flecked with yellow or cream.

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