Are Gourds Edible- Or Just Decoration?

We all know and love our pumpkins and winter squashes, but what about gourds? Can you eat gourds or are they better off as a fall decoration only?

A gourd is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family- just like cucumbers, melons, squash, zucchini, and pumpkins.

Gourd refers to specific species and subspecies of the Cucurbitaceae family. They are known for hard outer shells, especially when dried and hollowed.

What are gourds?

Gourds are typically used for decoration and crafts, and not eating.

What are gourds for?

Yes. Gourds are edible.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean you will want to eat them.

Are gourds edible?

Gourds are not bred for their taste. They taste like any other squash, only less flavorful and maybe more bitter.

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