If these Gourds could speak, I wonder what they would tell me.
Summer is over but Fall is warmer than usual, so the Bittergourds must have decided that this is a more comfortable time to ‘bear fruit’. They’re late but as the cliché goes: Late is Better than Never.
When I mentioned this in a gardening forum, I was asked “How do you tell if the flowers will bear fruit?” So here are some photos in answer to that question.
Yeah, I feel like a biology teacher revealing a specimen’s gender properties. 😆 Upon pollination, you will see a “baby gourd” forthcoming.
Then you will be rewarded with the fruit of your labor and love.
These gourds are delicious simply stir-fried with sesame oil, garlic, salted beans and an egg.
Update: Dec 6/15 ~ Gourd in the above pic has been harvested, cooked & served for dinner.