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                                 These are the varieties of gourd plants
                                   that we expect to offer in 2004.

Big Apple
The 8" fruit look just like giant apples! Very popular as crafts and fall displays; can be painted red and made into birdhouses. Unique and fun to grow. A sure sell at fall markets.
Birdhouse Gourd
The popular gourd for making bottles, birdhouses, and many other useful items. Fun to grow.
Bushel Basket
Huge, round gourds up to 24" across which can be used for all kinds of art work and as storage containers. Night flowering plants attract huge moths; very long vines. Fruit has a thick, hard shell.
Calabash
Large bottle-type gourds; great for making crafts, water jugs, and more. Fun and easy to grow.
Cucuzzi (Italian Edible)
Long fruit to 3'; best for eating when 12" or less. Tasty cooked like summer squash or eggplant. Fruit look like giant green beans. Long vines give good yields and are easier to grow than squash (insects don't bother plants much). A tasty Italian heirloom. Dried fruit look like giant snakes.
Dishcloth or Luffa (Chinese Vine Okra)
Burpee's 1888 catalog said, "A natural dishcloth, and a most admirable one. Many ladies prefer this dishcloth. The fruit grow about 2', and the vine is very ornamental, producing clusters of yellow blossoms, in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark green foliage. In the North this variety requires to be started in a hotbed. The dried interiors of these gourds have already become an article of commerce; grown in Florida, they are sold by Philadelphia and New York druggists." The fruit, if picked young, are tasty cooked like squash and have long been popular here in the Ozark Mountains.
 

Extra Long Handled Dipper
A very long, 3'+ handled variety (not the common dipper) with a 5-8" bowl at the bottom. Can be used for water dippers, crafts, and much more.
Japanese Nest Egg Gourd
Highly popular in the 1800's, the gourds are the size and shape of a hen's egg and are white in color. They are used as nest eggs; often found growing wild here in the Ozarks.
Maranka (Caveman's Club)
10-16" long, dipper-type gourds are very knobby and unusual looking. One of the most attractive, hard-shelled gourds you can grow. High yields.
Orange Gourd
"The fruit exactly resembles a ripe orange in size and color," says The Vegetable Garden, Vilmorin's 1885 book. We are pleased to offer this rare heirloom.
Small Apple Gourd
A unique small apple-shaped gourd. This one has very high demand with craft people!
Small Spoon
Brightly colored, orange and green striped, small spoon-shaped gourds are excellent for fall decorations. Huge yields.
Small Warted Mix
A mix of small warty types. They come in many shapes and colors. This is an excellent mix for market growers.
Speckled Swan
Thick, dipper-shaped fruit that resemble swans with their necks curved. Great for crafts. These large gourds have speckles when green. Unique.
Tennessee Dancing or Spinning Gourds
A tiny gourd just 2" long! They are bottle-shaped and green and white striped, turning tan when dry. Dancing gourds spin just like a top. They make great toys, superb crafts, arrangements, and much more! This is the smallest gourd we have seen! We are so pleased to be able to offer this unique heirloom from the hills of Tennessee!
Verruqueuse Africaine (African Warty)
This unique gourd produces fairly long fruit that are just covered with warts! Very unusual looking; rare.

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 or comments.

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          Abundant Acres Growers * P.O. Box 384 * Mansfield, MO 65704 * USA
 
          Phone: 417-741-7913                         E-Mail: abundantacres@yahoo.com