Thursday, September 4, 2008

Green Edible Bottle Gourd

This edible bottle gourd or white-flowered gourd is the standrad OPO gourd seen and sold in most Oriental markets on the west coast. Fruits are light green, bat-shaped of 10-12 inches long and 3-4 inches across. Young fruits are sweet and delicious, harvest fruit before it matures to retain its tenderness. It is good for stir-fry with shrimp and add to a soup. Plants grow vigorously in warm climates, starting to set fruits in 45 days after the transplanting. Easy to grow. This variety is very popular in Southern China and Taiwan.

Planting season: Late spring to early summer

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