[gardeners] Edible gourds

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 12:00:14 -0600

If anyone is interested I have some seed of lageneria longissima, aka
"Bottle Gourd," aka edible gourd. They are mild flavored and edible up
to about 24 inches in length in my area. I cannot speak for other USDA
Zones but we have found they have no seeds and are very tender up to 24
inches in Zone 9b. We eat them in about any way you can eat squash and
they are absolutely not bothered by squash borers or any other bug that
we can find chewing on them. As long as you keep them picked they will
produce readily. I left one on toward the end of the season to make
seeds and the vine quit producing shortly after.

Send me a private email with your snail mail address and I will get them
in the mail the same day if possible. Offer good until I run out of
seed. About a dozen seeds will be all you could ever want as the vines
get up to 20-25 feet long around here and are multi-branching. I cannot
guarantee the viability of the seed but it should be good as I just
opened the dried gourd today and took the seed.