This easy to grow, versatile vine has been grown since prehistoric times. It produces round gourds with long necks. Sometimes the neck is swollen, giving the gourds the unusual shape. Young gourds soft skinned, but this soons hardens and thickens, and when dried, the skin is like wood.
Young gourds are edible, and dried ones have been used to make water bottles (and hence the name) and other kitchen utensils, such as bowls and spoons. Various cultures and arts and craft people carve the gourd. Sprawling vines produce gourds with curved necks, and climbing ones produce gourds with straight necks.
Culture / Germination