Fall is here, as is pumpkin and gourd harvest season. We are shopping for gourds, whether green, white, orange, or yellow, smooth, lumpy, or perfectly spherical. What’s a more fun and classic fall activity than gourd painting for Halloween and Thanksgiving? Painting gourds and pumpkins is a safer activity for kiddos than carving, and the decorations last a lot longer. However, are these festive gourds edible when it’s time to take down the decorations? Is it safe to cook and eat painted gourds? Find out here.
Gourds are part of the Cucurbitaceae family, alongside watermelon, cucumbers, and summer and winter squashes. You’ll often see the terms pumpkin, squash, and gourd used interchangeably because of their close relationship, although ornamental gourds are typically categorized by their thick skin and unpredictable shapes. The main difference between gourds and pumpkins (which are in the same squash family) is that gourds are usually grown as decorations, while pumpkins and other squashes are grown to be eaten. However, some gourd varieties are edible.
Trying to eat these lumpy, misshapen, and sometimes small gourds is often more work than it’s worth due to the tough exteriors with minimal edible flesh and seeds, unlike a meaty pumpkin. Also, it’s a toss-up whether the flesh you pull from these ornamental treasures will be tasty. Some varieties may offer a subtle sweetness similar to zucchini, while others taste acrid and bitter. Some are not edible at all.
Some gourd/squash varieties are more appetizing than others. These include:
These gourds are tasty and easy to cut into. Of particular note is that the younger the gourd, the easier it is to cut and the better the flavor—important aspects to consider if you’re
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