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(Cucurbita foetidissima) This is a very beautiful and strong plant of the South Central to South Western USA. The plant has triangle shaped leaves that are grey green and very rough. It takes enormous abuse, forms a huge tuber that is inedible until processed, but that when processed yields a better starch than tapioca! The native Indian tribes used Buffalo Gourd seeds as a mainstay. The seeds need to be cleaned thoroughly because any pulp that remains is very bitter. One good way to clean them is to soak them in a bucket of water to which a good dose of baking soda has been added. After a good soak, rinse the seeds thoroughly and roast them like any other seed; pumpkin or sunflower. They are delicious with a little salt. The shell and all can be ground up to make Buffalo Gourd seed butter, it is very nutritious and delicious! Grows as a perennial and takes heat and drought once established.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Large plant
What are the cons? rather stinky
This grows wild in western part of the state where I grew up. Another name for the plant is stink gourd. It has a pungent smell if you sniff any part of the plant. Make huge yellow flowers. The natives were afraid of the plant. The root looks like a human body and only certain medicine men could dig it up otherwise breaking the root will bring harm to you. I am not sure it will grow in colder regions.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? beautiful vine, hardy
What are the cons? not really edible
this gourd grows along nearly every rural road in southern ks. the vines are beautiful and expansive, they are extremely hardy. i personally would not consider the plant rare or the gourd edible.
16 out of 16 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Repels bugs
What are the cons? Bitter
"Wild plants of the Pueblo Province" indicates the cucurbitacins in this gourd are "perhaps the bitterest natural substances known to mankind." One Pueblo elder said they soaked the seeds in water and sprinkled that on squash plants to deter squash bugs.