| # 457 ALOK
#356 - BHIM
#350 - BHOOMI
Bottlegourd (Lageneria siceraria)
Bottle gourd, also known as bottle squash, calabash gourd, Doodhi, or Lowki
is a delicious vegetable that has many uses. Its delicate nutty flavor
adds greatly to hot curries as well as cooling yogurt dishes like Raita.
It can be used like squash but it has a firmer, crisper texture.
|#457-ALOK: Light green cylindrical fruit, 1.5 ft long.
Approx 20 seeds/pkg. $2.49
Light green bottle-shaped fruit, up to 4 ft. long. Approx 20 seeds/pkg.
|#350 - BHOOMI:
A globe shaped variety that produces melon sized fruit, with
all the flavor of the longer varieties. Approx 20 seeds/pkg. $2.49
Growth and Culture
- Flowers are white, solitary in the axils of the leaves.
- Plant directly outdoors after all danger of frost.
- Grows well supported on a trellis or fence.
- Fruiting occurs approximately in 60-70 days. It thrives well under a hot
to moderately warm and humid climate. Bottle Gourd is adapted to a variety
of soils (sandy to moderately heavy) as long as the drainage system is good.
This hybrid variety is a Cousa or Lebanese zucchini
variety. Compact and uniform mid-sized 8" fruit have a
creamy green color and succulent, nutty, white flesh.
Magda is early and very productive over a long season.
Magda doesn't have the "green" taste that conventional
zucchini sometimes has, and it's also very meaty.
Maturity 50 days. Approx 20 seeds/pkg.
#580 Waltham Butternut
an edible type of winter squash with a bulbous shape. It has a sweet,
nutty buttery taste that is similar to pumpkin or sweet potato. It has a
salmon-yellow skin and orange flesh. As it ripens, it turns increasingly
deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. It grows on a vine, so
support should be provided. Butternut squash can be roasted,
puréed or mashed into soups, casseroles, breads, and muffins. It
is notable for its ability to be stored for long periods when stored in
a cool dry place.
Approximately 20 seeds/pkt. $1.25
|Ridgegourd and Spongegourd
◄ # 528
(Luffa acutangula), or turiya
is another easy gourd to grow and
is a versatile vegetable that adds a new dimension to vegetarian cuisine.
Also known as Chinese okra. Spongegourd
is closely related and can be used as a vegetable in its early stage.
Either can be cooked with dal or even made into a chutney. Approx
(Luffa cylindrica)- This is a smooth skin
type luffa. The fruit is edible only
when immature and is cooked like zucchini. The matured fruit forms
sponge-like fibers inside. The dried matured fruits are often used as
scrubbers, cleaning pads or bath sponges. Fruits are cylindrical-shaped,
8-12" long and 3" across, and with green skin and white flesh. Approx
Growth and Culture
- The seed should be sown outside after the ground is thoroughly warm in the
spring and all danger of frost is past. For faster germination, scrape the
seed coat with a nail file before soaking overnight or soak for 24 hours.
- Plant seeds 8-12" apart along a fence.
- The fruit will be preceded by lovely yellow flowers.
- Also known as Chinese okra
Bittergourd (Momordica charantia)
Bitter gourd or karela, also known as bitter melon in
the Chinese markets, is a delicacy that is nutritious and is renowned to
have medicinal qualities. It can be fried, stuffed, pickled, baked or
curried. Varieties of this vegetable include those with very light,
almost whitish green skin to the dark bottle green colored skin. Some are almost
a foot-and-a-half, while others are just about 2"-3" long. Cooking
this vegetable seems to reduce some of the bitter taste. See recipe.
#530-GORI This particular
hybrid is white in color with good teething. Fruit length is approximately
25 cms. and it is very productive and attractive. Approx 20 sds/pkg.
#531-JAWAHAR Emerald green, quite bitter, heavy yielder, 45-50 days from
sowing. Approx 20 sds/pkg. $2.49
oriental variety, less bitter. Maturity: around 55-60 days. - Medium green
skin. Approx 20 seeds/pkg. $2.49
thriving indoors in Paris, France apartment.
Growth and Culture
- The attractive vines bear pretty yellow flowers and are
- Good source of vitamin C and vitamin A, phosphorus, and iron.
- Fast-growing, trailing or climbing vine with thin stems and tendrils, best
grown on a fence or trellis.
|Tinda Gourd (Citrullus
Also known as apple gourd. The very tender and tasty fruit are flat
round in shape and weight 3 to 4 ounces at harvest. Prolific vines grow 40 to 50
inches long and have hair on the stems and leaves. Flowering begins at 30 to 35
days and first harvest follows 15 to 20 days later. Prepared in India in a
number of ways: cooked with curry or served with eggplant, peas, potatoes or
other vegetables. Good source of Vitamin A.
Approx 20 seeds/pkg. $2.49
|Ash Gourd (Benincasa
Also known as Wax gourd, winter melon, fuzzy melon, and hairy melon. The fruit is
covered by a white, chalky wax which deters microorganisms and helps impart an
extraordinary longevity to the melon. Winter melon fruits can be stored for as
long as a year without refrigeration.
Ash gourd can be used in many variety of dishes from curries to soups to
candies. Approx 20 seeds/pkg. $2.49 (see Olan recipe).
|Snake gourd (Trichosanthes
#997 KING COBRA An
unusual gourd with long, white speckled fruits that actually resemble snakes.
This bright green, thin-skinned gourd sometimes grows to a formidable length of
six feet. It is a common sight to see them growing with rocks tied to their ends
so they don't curl.
This gourd can be cooked in curries or even stuffed with spicy minced meat. It
can be used in much the same way that any other delicately flavored vegetable is
used: simmered in a coconut milk broth with spices. Widely grown as a vegetable in India and the Orient. Roots and seeds are used to
expel worms and to treat diarrhea and syphilis. Start indoors for outdoor
planting, in a warm sheltered place.
Approx 15 seeds/pkg.$2.49
#560 - AMIR This orange
variety with green stripes from India produces fruit weighing 13-15 lbs., that is ready to harvest within 80-90 days from sowing. Approx 15 seeds/pkg.$2.49
|EDIBLE GOURD COLLECTIONS
Priced at $5.00 each Collection (no substitutions)
GOURD COLLECTION #1:
1 EA OF GORI BITTER GOURD, BHIM BOTTLE GOURD, AND RISHI RIDGEGOURD.
GOURD COLLECTION #2:
1 EA OF SOLOK BITTER GOURD, ALOK BOTTLE GOURD AND JAYA TINDA GOURD.
GOURD COLLECTION #3:
1 EA OF YASH ASH GOURD, JAYA TINDA GOURD AND JAWAHAR BITTER GOURD.
#504 GOURD COLLECTION
1 EA OF YASH ASH GOURD, RISHI RIDGEGOURD
AND KING COBRA SNAKE GOURD.
Young gardener with Bottlegourd Alok