What are the pros? Easy to grow
What are the cons? Hard to give away
This was my first time growing these or any gourd at all. The vines are vigorous and seemed to pick up steam just as all the other vines (summer squash, winter squash, cucumber) were slowing down. They seemed not to mind the increase in heat and decrease in rainfall that is usual in mid-late summer around here. The flowers are open in the evening long after squash blossoms are closed up tight and are really beautiful at dusk. The gourds have a fuzzy texture and an interesting smell that I can't liken to anything familiar. I have been harvesting the gourds when they are about 2 feet long and cooking them like a summer squash. The flavor is mild and I like them with curry powder and onion. I mention all this because I found that unless I cooked it for people they were hesitant to try them. I plan to grow them again, but may plant fewer of the them as they are so productive it can be hard to keep up with the harvest!
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