Gourds (Cucurbitaceae)

About Gourds

  • Gourds are a fruit with a hard-shell that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns.
  • Gourds grow on a series of long vines. These vines can be grown horizontally (sprawling across the ground) or vertically (growing up a trellis).
  • Gourds require a long growing season and grow best in moderate, warm climates.

Fast Facts

  • Twine or other bands can be used to shape gourds when they are young.
  • Gourds can be dried and cured which will make them last for years.


  • Ornamental
  • Human consumption
  • Other Products: utensils, bottles, scoops, bowls, birdhouses, etc.