Late Gourds are Better than no Gourds

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.

A female flower awaiting pollination ~ look at her stem.

A female flower awaiting pollination ~ look at her stem.

A male flower with a different stem

A male flower with a different stem

Yeah, I feel like a biology teacher revealing a specimen’s gender properties. 😆 Upon pollination, you will see a “baby gourd” forthcoming.

A new gourd in formation.

A new gourd in formation. Watch it and ensure it has trellis support.

Then you will be rewarded with the fruit of your labor and love.

Beautiful Bittergourd ~ yes, Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder.

Beautiful Bittergourd ~ yes, Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder.

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.

 

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3 responses to “Late Gourds are Better than no Gourds

  1. I don’t usually care about gourds but your pictures make me want to grow them too! What satisfaction to see them like that!😊

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