I had this is a small suburban backyard in subtropical climate. After this plant overran our neighbours big shed the whole fence and didn't had much fruit at all I ripped it out.
I was told then that you eat the fruit while small, because there are not many things you can do when they are ripe. They don't really taste of much.
The advantage is that it#s a great producer of organic matter.
Apparently Mexican make something sweet with it, I've never tried it didn't look very appetizing to me.
It gets cold enough to frost here but never lower than 25 degrees. Even as a short lived perennial it might be worth some experimenting. I'm especially intrested in its potential use as a fodder crop.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:Now Tradewinds doesn't carry those seeds anymore. Maybe they are merely out of stock for this year....That'll teach me to not order a thing as soon as I find it!
Paulo Bessa wrote:Hi Burra Maluca,
The best thing of this malabar gourd it that it is used in some places as a powerful graft root stock to grow cucumbers! Really amazing stuff
Paulo Bessa wrote:
Let us know if you managed it to grow from last year into this year.