Welcome Fall with This Unique Decorative Gourd
Is it an apple? A watermelon? A pumpkin?
On a recent trip to the farmer’s market, I came across a gaggle of people perusing the ever-popular seasonal selection of fresh gourds. But rather than seeing the typical selection of pumpkins, something unusual caught my eye.
It was a large, deep green gourd with a stem sticking out of the top – immediately, I thought, is that an oversized apple?
It’s actually called an apple gourd, and it’s been flying under the radar for a long time. It looks like a hybrid of a pumpkin and an apple (and maybe also a watermelon?), and would definitely turn heads as part of your autumnal decor.
The official scientific name of the gourd is known as ‘lagenaria siceraria’, but in markets they’re often referred to as apple gourds or Indian baby pumpkins. Another name for the apple gourd is the Tinda melon gourd, which sounds similar to the popular dating app, Tinder. Go figure.
At peak freshness, the gourd is a deep shade of green, but over time, the gourd slowly molts into a shade of brown. But don’t worry – multiple online sellers assure buyers that this gourd has a shelf life of more than 100 days.