Foraged Red Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit
The Red Prickly pear cactus offers a high amount of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and a variety of minerals. This fruit also offers powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to successfully treat type II diabetes.
Prickly Chayote Squash
The amount of spears will increase as the squash matures on the vine. Chayote squashes are also defined by their pear-like shape.
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While usually small, ornamental gourds can range in size from the size of a chicken egg to gourds that are a foot in length and five inches in circumference. They come in an array of colors and color combinations including shades of green, orange, cream, and bicolor. They often have stripes, spots and/or varying splotches of color. The gourd surface may be warted, horned or smooth. Ornamental gourds are not edible as they have very little flesh and are grown mainly for show. The flesh they do contain is rather tasteless and may even be bitter.
Ornamental gourds are available in the fall.
A member of the Cucurbitaceae family the ornamental gourd is scientifically classified as Cucurbita pepo, variety ovifera meaning "egg bearing". There are several different varieties of ornamental gourds that are grown today such as crown of thorns, pear, egg, spoon, and warties.
Ornamental gourds are generally used for fall decorative purposes such as a centerpiece or mantel display. They can be displayed as is or coated with a shellac to enhance their colors and add a sheen to their skin. The exterior of gourds can also be carved or burned with a design using special tools. In displays they pair well with pumpkins, ornamental corn, wheat stalks, ivy and autumn leaves.
In addition to decorative purposes ornamental gourds were commonly used in the Americas for some time as a darning egg for mending socks.
Ornamental gourds are native to the New World and are believed to have been present there prior to the arrival of humans. Botanical evidence theorizes that cultivated squashes and pumpkins belonging to Cucurbita pepo were domesticated first in Oaxaca, Mexico approximately 8,000-10,000 years ago. Gourds typically mature in late summer, at which point its stem will be brown and shriveled. They are then cleaned and dried for about a month in a warm, dry and dark space.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Paradise Point Resort Main Kitchen||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Sara Polczynski (Seasoned Plates)||San Diego CA||619-757-8924|
|Green Dragon Tavern & Museum||Carlsbad CA||760-797-5579|
|Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown Bayside||San Diego CA||619-696-6300|
|La Costa Resort & Spa Bistro 65||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Searsucker Del Mar||San Diego CA||858-369-5700|
|Bahia Resort Hotel||San Diego CA||858-488-0551|
|The Wooden Spoon||Escondido CA||760-445-2816|
|US Grant Hotel Main||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|Creative Catering & Events||San Diego CA||858-750-2365|
|Uptown Tavern||San Diego CA||619-847-4688|
|UCSD Food & Nutrition Department Hillcrest||San Diego CA||619-543-2764|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|La Costa Glen North||Carlsbad CA||760-704-1436|
|Madison||San Diego CA||619-822-3465|
|Viejas Casino Buffett||Alpine CA||619-659-1774|
|Brandon Matzek- Blogger||San Diego CA||800-221-9730|
|Optimum Health Institute of San Diego||Lemon Grove CA||619-589-4022|
|La Jolla Country Club||San Diego CA||858-454-9601|
|Tom Hams Light House||San Diego CA||619-291-9110|
|Cafe 21 Adams||San Diego CA||619-640-2121|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|Vista Valley||Vista CA||760-758-2800|
|Marriott Gaslamp||San Diego CA||619-696-0234 x6051|
|Marriott Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-3000 x6335|
|The Wild Thyme Company||San Diego CA||858-527-0226|
|Herb & Wood Eatery||San Diego CA||619-955-8495|
|The Farm Golf Club||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-756-5585|
|Secret Table||Solana Beach CA||858-356-4054|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Del Mar Country Club||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-5500 x207|
|Searsucker Downtown||San Diego CA||619-233-7327|
|La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club||San Diego CA||858-454-7126|
|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
|Petco Park (Catering)||San Diego CA||619-795-5917|
|Pacifica Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-0505|
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