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Calabash Gourd
Calabash gourd
Calabash Gourd
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Calabash Gourd

120 days — The fruits are twelve to fifteen inches in length, tan in color, smooth, and the neck is curved at the stem end.  This native to Africa is also know as 'Pipe Gourd' because of its historical use as a main component of pipes popularized in the late 19th Century around the time of the "Boer Wars."  Along with being used to make make pipes, they were also used as powder horns.

By the 1970s, popularity for the pipe style subsided, demand declined, and production of Calabash pipes eventually ceased.  And like with any "manufacturing-type" process, when a product disappears, so to do the suppliers that supplied it.  In this case, Calabash gourd farming has just about disappeared.

In 1968, Deniz Ural founded a company, Best Meerschaums, in Turkey.  With an entrepreneurial spirit, they began to produce high quality, Calabash-Meerschaum pipes that are quite literally, one of a kind works of art.  Calabash pipes are now, once again, highly sought after and in demand.

In raising Calabash gourds, it should be noted that if you trellis or otherwise grow the plants vertically, gravity will cause them to develop straight fruits.  If you are desiring your fruits to develop that classic, "Sherlock Holmes," curved pipe shape, let them spread out and naturally sprawl on the ground and then use pegs or wooden stakes to encourage the desired shape as the fruits develop.

Each packet contains three grams, which is approximately 18 seeds.

Note:  If you are a small farmer or market grower and produce Calabash gourds for sale, please contact Mike via the email address on our "Contact Us" page.

  1. Deniz Ural, email to Mike Dunton, 2013
  2. "Schrier's History of the Calabash Pipe," Gary B. Schrier, 2011
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