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Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima), packet of 20 seeds, organic

 (Calabazilla)  This is a robust perennial creeper characteristic trowel-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers that give way to the globe-shaped fruits—another roadside attraction from the deserts of the American SW.  You can easily make soap for washing hair, clothing, etc by swishing gourds in water.

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Gourd, African Long (Lagenaria siceraria), packet of 5 seeds
Gourd, African Long (Lagenaria siceraria), packet of 5 seeds

(African Long Gourd, Tungu)  Annual vine.  100 days to maturity.  Native to Africa.  Among the Maasai, these are much employed for storing water on long treks.

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Gourd, Corsican Bowl (Lagenaria siceraria), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Gourd, Corsican Bowl (Lagenaria siceraria), packet of 20 seeds, organic

(Corsican Bowl Gourd, Canteen Gourd, Kalimba Gourd)  These have been selected to produce fruits with flattened top and bottom. Excellent to be used as canteens, or they can be cut apart to form very functional and natural bowls for holding dry goods, serving fruit--also makes a nice kalimba. 

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Gourd, Hopi Rattle (Lagenaria siceraria), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Gourd, Hopi Rattle (Lagenaria siceraria), packet of 20 seeds, organic

(Hopi Rattle Gourd)  Grown at Tesuque reservation in NM.  They produce fruits that are either flattened like a bowl gourd or with a single bulbous apendage where the stem attaches. On any given vine, many of the fruits will turn out smaller than the one in the photo. 

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Luffa (Luffa cylindrica), packet of 10 seeds, organic
Luffa (Luffa cylindrica), packet of 10 seeds, organic

(Dhundul, Oriental Luffa, Luffa Gourd, Smooth Luffa, Vine Okra, Discloth Gourd, Sponge Gourd)  Annual vine that prefers full sun and a trellis. Immature fruits may be stir-fried or eaten raw, while the mature fruit may be dried and used as a sponge in the sauna. Flowers golden yellow.

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Snake Gourd (Gourd, Snake) (Trichosanthes kirilowii), packet of 10 seeds, organic
Snake Gourd (Gourd, Snake) (Trichosanthes kirilowii), packet of 10 seeds, organic

(Snake Gourd, Gourd, Snake , Tian-hua-fen)  Perennial vine. Native to southern China and Vietnam. This plant contains the anti-retroviral (anti-AIDS) constituent trichosanthine.

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