Italian Bottle Gourd
An edible bottle gourd notorious for its thin, spectacularly long fruit.
An edible bottle gourd notorious for its thin, spectacularly long fruit best harvested when they are young and tender – those about 60cm in length will do. The plants are heat lovers and should be grown undercover, though they can be kept outdoors in warmer parts of the country.
The vigorous vines of bottle gourds can easily overwhelm a tunnel or greenhouse, and only larger structures should be employed for their culitvation . To avoid a jumble mess of stems, leaves and fruit, train the vines to grow upwards, off the ground.
Male and female flowers grow separately on the same plant, and in theory, flying insects help with pollination. In practice, however, hand pollination of the females may be required to help with fruit set.
The stem tips can also be eaten.
Approximate number of seed per pack: 10
Flowers of the two sexes grow separately on the same plant, and hand pollination of the females may be required to promote fruit set. Take a male flower and rub it up against a freshly opened female flower.