Gourds

Gourds
Lagenaria siceraria cultivars unless otherwise noted.

Gourds have been used by many cultures as a raw material used to craft utensils, containers, vessels, and bowls for thousands of years.

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Birdhouse Gourd
Large, bottle-shaped fruits. Used as decorations, containers or birdhouses.
$2.25
Bushel Gourd
Large, round fruit that grow to at least the size of a basketball.
$2.25
Calabash Gourd<br><b>Sold Out</b>
Also known as Pipe gourd. Fruits are twelve to fifteen inches in length, tan in color, smooth.
$2.75
Cucuzzi Italian Edible Gourd
Harvest and use like a summer squash at the tender stage when 6-inches long.
$2.25
Longhandle Dipper Gourd
Long necks make perfect handle; bulb end is cut into the shape of a dipper.
$2.25
Luffa Sponge Gourd
AKA 'Dishcloth Gourd' - Edible when young; dried they are used as bath sponges.
$2.25
Small Spoon Gourd
Small, narrow curved neck with a 3-inch bulb; bi-colored orange and green.
$2.25
Speckled Swan Gourd
Long neck that resembles the neck and head of a swan.
$2.50
Turk's Turban Squash
Cream-colored "turban" colored in green, yellow, orange, and red.
$2.25
 
 
 


Gourds have similar growing requirements to winter squash. Unless trellised, they require large amounts of space, full sun and a long growing season to produce the largest specimens. The fruits are not typically grown for their food value but instead used for ornamental purposes.

Leave the fruits on the vines as long as possible allowing them to reach full maturity in the garden. Harvest after the skins toughen and prior to the arrival of freezing weather. Bring the harvest into a protected area like a garage or barn and allow them to cure. We spread them evenly on screens so that they are not touching each other and air can flow around as much surface area as possible.

In several months they will dry to a hard, wood-like exterior and the interior will have dried to a point where the they sound hollow with seeds rattling.

At this stage, the exteriors may have all kinds of colorful molds and fungi growing on them. Don't worry. Wash in a mild bleach solution, scrub with a stiff brush, and allow them to dry again. They now should be ready for sanding, carving, shaping, painting, or whatever else you are planning to do to them.

Other Resources

Check out the beautiful gourd art of Bonnie Gibson. Her site illustrates what a master artisan can do with a simple gourd. www.arizonagourds.com

The American Gourd Society promotes interest in all activities relating to gourds: cultivation, historical uses, gourd show competition, craftwork, and artistic decoration.

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