AKA 'Italian Edible Gourd', 'Longissima' or 'Indian Squash'. EDIBLE! Used like summer squash when young - pick when 6"L x 1" in diameter. Smooth pale green gourds grow up to 2-3'L x 3" in diameter. Used like a squash - sliced, fried, and steamed. An excellent freezing and canning variety. Mature fruits are very ornamental: used in making arts and crafts. Pretty, evening white flowers attract moths. Excellent choice for home gardens.
Gourds need to be planted early in your growing season. Leave on the vine until just before the first frost; they do not need to freeze. Pick when completely ripe, do not bruise fruit. Wash with a strong disinfectant to remove dirt and fungi - which may cause rot. Store in a cool dry place to cure out. Do not stack as they need air circulation.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
VEGETABLE SEED AND PLANTING GUIDE
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* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.
ESTIMATED DAYS TO MATURITY