Beautiful and useful, gourds are becoming more and more popular. They are traditionally grown by African tribeswomen for food and to fashion into craft items. Gourds are certainly receiving more attention, especially in the arts and crafts.

Rural communities prepare the young green gourds and leaves as a delicacy. Oil is commonly extracted from the seeds and used for cooking and the seeds are also roasted and eaten as a healthy snack. Mature gourds are harvested and stored for 6 months before being turned into an assortment of bowls, cups, scoops, utensils, birdhouses, and bird feeders.

Gourds are very easy to grow but do require a longer growing season (150 days). They are best grown and trained up a trellis to ensure unblemished fruit.

Bushel Basket Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Bushel Basket Gourd

Lagenaria sicerariaNamed after their potential to grow as wide as a bushel basket which is around 1,..


Calabash Birdhouse Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Calabash Birdhouse Gourd

Lagenaria sicerariaThe calabash gourd is a well known gourd in South Africa. Used as a food (eaten w..


Caveman's Club Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Caveman's Club Gourd

Lagenaria siceraria Also known as Maranka, this gourd has a narrow handle that ends in an oblong,..


Cuccuzi Vegetable Seeds


Lagenaria sicerariaAn Italian Heirloom that was originally grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. ..


Dipper Extra Long Vegetable Seeds

Dipper Extra Long

Lagenaria siceraria Dipper gourd with an extra long neck/handle. These guys can be trained into a..


Dipper Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Dipper Gourd

Lagenaria siceraria This is mostly known as natures recycled water bottle. It is an ornamental go..


Leraka Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Leraka Gourd

Lagenaria sicerariaA traditional African gourd from Lesotho that is eaten when young, once matured &..


Martinhouse Bottle Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Martinhouse Bottle Gourd

Lagenaria siceraria This is an OP refined strain of the original Birdhouse gourd variety. The skin i..


Snake Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Snake Gourd

Trichosanthes cucumerina A popular Asian vegetable that is typically eaten immature and tastes somew..


Speckled Swan Gourd Vegetable Seeds

Speckled Swan Gourd

Lagenaria siceraria This gourd resembles a swan. It is a hard shelled fruit that is dark green wi..


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Gourds, Gourd, African, Calabash, Vegetable Seeds

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