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Vegetable Gardening: New Guinea Bean (gourd)

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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

February 17, 2013
11:58 PM

Post #9422582

Hi everyone, I got a big shock to find this New Guinea Bean growing after I had given up on it months ago. I have no experience with it at all, any clues as to how to treat it ?The white flowers are really pretty and fragrant too.Lagenaria siceraria id the correct name. It has grown about a yard almost overnight.

Treat it like a Chayote ? (chocko vine)
I see we treat it like a zucchini except we peel it ...or let it grow to maturity to uses it as a gourd.

Recipes and experiences gratefully accepted please. ^_^

chrissy

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9422745

That is so beautiful. I never heard of this bean ..
Do you have a picture of the fruit?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 18, 2013
7:21 AM

Post #9422915

This gourd has many names depending on location. Most of us know it as Cucuzzi or Italian edible gourd. It is a variety of bottle gourd. Italian edible gourd, gourd cucuzzi, Indian squash, bottle gourd, calabash gourd, doodhi, lowki. Another name is Tasmanian bean. More photos here. They are used like zucchini (C. pepo) when 6-8 inches as craft gourds when full grown. http://www.seedsofindia.com/ed_gourds.htm This type of gourd is most popular in India, but widely used throughout south east Asia. Here are some Indian recipes. http://www.tarladalal.com/recipes-using-bottle-gourd-252

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

February 18, 2013
1:44 PM

Post #9423362

Thankyou Farmerdill ! ^_^

Much appreciated !

chrissy

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