snake Gourd flower
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Serpent Gourd, Chichinga, Padwal, Trichosanthes cucumerina var anguina]
This gourd is popular in Southern India and Southeast Asia. It comes in various colors, sizes and shapes, growing to as long as 6 feet, and in Asia is often seen with a rock tied to the tip to keep it growing straight. Shoots and leaves are also eaten as a vegetable.
The flesh of this gourd is similar to the Luffa and Bottle Gourd and like them will hold its shape when cooked. Unlike the other two, the seed mass of the Snake Gourd is loose and fluffy. It is removed from all except the long 1 inch variety shown below. Snake gourd is also used in traditional Chinese medicine
December 18th, 2012
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