The gourd is a fleshy, typically large fruit with a hard skin, some varieties of which are edible.
There are many different gourds worldwide because of how they have evolved.
The main plants referred to as gourds include;
- Several species from the Cucurbita genus,
- Crescentia cujete (the tree gourd or calabash tree, native to the American tropics)
- Lagenaria siceraria (bottle gourd).
Other plants with gourd in their name include the;
- luffa gourd (likely domesticated in Asia), which includes several species from the Luffa genus,
- wax gourd,
- snake gourd,
- teasel gourd,
- hedgehog gourd,
- buffalo gourd/coyote gourd. (source)
The bitter melon/balsam apple/balsam pear is also sometimes referred to as a gourd.
This is because of its similar characteristics to other gourds.
There are many different types of gourd, some are edible and some are to be avoided.
As a result, each different gourd is to be taken on its own merits.
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