They either buy it, grow it themselves, or forage for it in vacant lots. No amount of sugar can change the taste. Personally, I only drink it if I am really sick, but it serves its purpose.
Terminology[ edit ] Cucurbita pepo gourds grown in a suburban garden Gourd is occasionally used to describe crop plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, like pumpkinscucumberssquashluffaand melons. A gourd can also have a hard shell when dehydrated.
There are many different gourds worldwide. The main plants referred to as gourds include several species from the genus Cucurbita mostly native to North America, including the Malabar gourd and turban squashCrescentia cujete the tree gourd or calabash tree, native to the American tropics and Lagenaria siceraria bottle gourd, thought to be originally from Africa but present worldwide.
The gourds found in the Americas appear to have come from the Asian subspecies very early in history, although a new study now indicates Africa. Elisha added flour to the stew in order to purify it.
European contact in North America found extensive gourd use, including the use of bottle gourds as birdhouses to attract purple martinswhich provided bug control for agriculture. Almost every culture had musical instruments made of gourds, including drums, stringed instruments common to Africa and wind instruments, including the nose flutes of the Pacific.
These include Teasle gourd Momordica DioicaSpine gourd Momordica subangulataSweet gourd Momordica cochinchinensisbalsam apple Momordica balsamina and Momordica sahyadrica.
Uses[ edit ] Cultures from arid regions often associated gourds with water, and they appear in many creation myths. Since the beginning of their history, they have had a multitude of uses, including food, kitchen tools, toys, musical instruments and decoration.
Shaped gourds had various decorative uses, especially as boxes, bottles and other containers. This is prepared by removing the skin and pulp from the gourd, and bleaching the fibers.
Maracas are percussion instruments often made from gourds. A sitar is a plucked stringed instrument, parts of which are made from gourds.
African percussion instruments are made incorporating gourds, including the shekereaxatseand caxixi. Archived from the original on 28 October Retrieved 24 October Historical records, origins, and development of the edible cultivar groups of Cucurbita pepo Cucurbitaceae.
Economic Botany, 43 4The bitter gourd (also known as bitter melon) looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it. As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter.
The warty gourd is edible when green (and cooked) but turns toxic/medicinal when orange ripe. It then splits characteristically into three parts, revealing red arils (fleshy seed covers). The Drinking Gourd by S.L. Kotar, J.E.
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