Firm and heavy for its size, turban squash is a striking bright orange, trimmed in a dark ivy green color. Bake, roast, steam, sautee, or puree this squash.
Resembling a Chinese lantern, the gooseberry is wrapped in a thin, papery, inflated skin. These very tart, piquant fruits turn from a pale green to an amber or gold color as they ripen and offer a flavor similar to a gooseberry or a tart green grape.
Inventory, 18 lbs : 6.00
This item was last sold on : 10/18/14
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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.
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 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.
|Culinary Concepts||San Diego CA||858-530-1885|
|UCSD Food & Nutrition Department Hillcrest||San Diego CA||619-543-2764|
|La Costa Glen South||Carlsbad CA||FRONT: 760-704-1000|
|Green Fresh Florals||San Diego CA||619-544-0504|
|Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-602-0800|
|The Market by Buon Appetito||San Diego CA||619-237-1335|
|La Jolla Country Club||San Diego CA||858-454-9601|
|The Glass Door||San Diego CA||619-544-0164|
|Friends of Specialty Produce||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|MCRD-Marine Corps Recruit Dept||San Diego CA||619-725-6388|
|Ohana Catering||San Diego CA||858-278-1043|
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Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 361 days ago, 10/26/13
Spotter's comments : Ornamental Gourds spotted at Ballard Market. Giant ornamental gourds grown in the Northwest ;)
Tesco Bradford Near Bradford, United Kingdom
About 595 days ago, 3/06/13
Spotter's comments : Bottle gourd, sold as dudhi
Morrisons Bradford Near Bradford, United Kingdom
About 595 days ago, 3/06/13
Spotter's comments : Bottle gourd, sold as long and round dudhi