Basic Types of Gourds
- Hardshells are the gourds of history, used as
containers, tools and musical instruments from the dawn of history right up through
today. Their hard, durable shells gave them many
uses. They were the
homegrown household china, crystal and Tupperware of our cave-dwelling ancestors.
- Ornamentals have thinner shells. They are the
small, brightly colored gourds that appear on roadside stands and on supermarket
produce counters in the fall.
- Luffa, the sponge gourd, is our bathtub friend. Many
people think these are sponges from the sea, but these vegetable sponges grow on
yellow-flowered vines very much like cucumbers.
Gourds grow around the world--very much like squashes and pumpkins.
Growing is easy. What puzzles
most new growers is how to dry, or cure, their crops. Discover the secret to curing
the gourds you grow here.
Gourds have been crafted many
ways to make useful and ornamental items. You can see gourds made into everything from
musical instruments to flower pots--at the annual
North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts
Festival in Raleigh, N.C., held each September on the weekend after Labor Day.
The Festival features many excellent gourd crafting workshops for everyone from
beginner gourd enthusiasts all the way through experienced gourd heads.
Copyright Mary Ann Rood April 7, 1998
Last modified: October 10, 2009 By: EC