Ozark Nest Egg Gourd
Ancient ancestor of summer squash. Found along Norfork River of the Missouri Ozarks. The Ozark Nest Egg gourd strongly resembles a goose or hen egg. The earliest printed catalogue where the egg-shaped gourd is mentioned is Bernard M’Mahon’s Catalogue of American Seeds, dated 1804. These white small gourds were used to place in the nest to trick hens and are perfect for making crafts. The gourds will take on a brown spotted appearance when dried, and they can be lightly sanded and painted. They are often found growing wild in the Ozarks and may be the ancestor of all modern cultivated C. pepo squash, but these wild ancestors are much too bitter to eat and may be toxic.
Minimum Seed Count: 10