As I was cracking open a few gourds for seed retrieval I ran across one that has flesh exactly like a spaghetti squash...and of course it got me wondering. Now don't freak out on me - I have absolutely no intention of putting anything questionable in my mouth, but it has me seriously wondering if any gourds ARE edible.
Actually most are, Many are grown exclusively for food. Some cultivars of Lagenaria siceraria are used pretty exclusively as craft gourds. Of the 132 cultivars in Plantfiles maybe half of them. The craft gourds are edible, just not good quality for eating. The small colorful ornamental gourds are actually C. pepo squash, but not good quality for eating. Luffas both cylindical and angular are used both for crafts and as a vegetable. Momordica charantia (bitter gourd) and Benincasa hispida (wax gourd) are exclusively used as vegetables.
Lala, and RR, "Tromboncino" is delish, you should give it a try! This past year I grew "Cucuzzi" gourd, it is both edible as well as can be used for crafts. I seem to prefer the taste of tromboncino more than the cucuzzi but will give cucuzzi another try next year, just to give it another chance.
Thank you Farmerdill...I have one of the ones from New Guinea..a friend whos brother and sister are teachers in that country sends them to her and she sells them at gun shows...and send the money back for them to use at their schools...they are all from a family of missionarys. Jo