Tags: Certified Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated
Latin Name: Lagenaria siceraria
Days to Maturity: 140
Good production of volleyball-sized gourds on vigorous vines that are very resistant to Downy Mildew. Has stood out as the most DM resistant in several years of trials and growouts at Twin Oaks Seed Farm. Gourds are covered with warts like an Osage Orange fruit; when dried and washed they turn an attractive chestnut brown. The shell is generally thick, and notably stronger than other gourds - cut in half they make sturdy wooden-like bowls. The contrast of the smooth inside and the warty outside is striking. Takes a long time to cure – most aren’t ready till January or February. Original seedstock came from Seed Savers Exchange. 110 seeds/oz. Grown by Twin Oaks Seed Farm.
We grew a new crop in 2022, but the seeds won't be ready until mid winter. You can still order seeds now, but seeds will ship February 15th.
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What are the best indicators for readiness for harvest? Should they be harvested green or brown?
Don't hurry to pick them from the vines. Leave them in the field until frost kills the vines. They can continue to cure there until the temperature gets below 20 degrees or so (at which point they can sometimes crack if they freeze, and the seeds can get damaged). Even if left outside through the winter, most gourds usually come through undamaged. I start to process gourds in December. When you can shake the gourd and hear sloshing or rattling it is ready to process.
What do you mean to process? What's best way to cure them?
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Do these need to be harvested before the first frost? When are they ready to be harvested?
No, you can leave them in the field till after first frost. I generally bring them in before it gets really cold (below 20 degrees or so), or you risk cracking the gourds and damage to the seeds (if you're saving seeds).
Edmund for CWSG
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United States (Zone 7a)
Established in 2014
14.00 acres in production