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Buffalo Gourd

 
Tyler Ludens
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I've been collecting a lot of Buffalo Gourds, Cucurbita foetidissima, a native squash with edible seeds. The squash themselves are extremely bitter, and all the flesh needs to be removed from the seeds before eating. They are very tasty toasted like pumpkin seeds. It's a very good year for these plants, so I've been gathering as many fruits as I can. I want to try to get them established on our place as an emergency food supply.



This article claims the immature fruits can be eaten but I've not tried them yet, I suspect they may be nasty: http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cucurbita+foetidissima They aren't easy to see on the plants compared to the bright yellow mature fruits.
 
Judith Browning
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We have something similar that we called egg gourds and picked when hard (and white) . I don't know genus and species and am not sure if we didn't make up the name. They were about 2 inches across, larger than a large egg. The kids would always gather them along the creek and bring them home to draw and paint on. Maybe we were missing out on a food source.
 
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Oh neat, I wonder what they were....
 
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