Gourds and Squashes

October 5, 2013

Display of mixed squashes

Display of mixed squashes

What is the difference between a gourd and a squash?  I know that squash, gourds, and pumpkins are siblings in the same family, but when do I call something a gourd and when a squash?  I wasn’t looking for a technical understanding, and so I like this description from Vivian Larson at Everyday Flowers:

“Typically gourds are not edible.  They are fibrous with a very hard shell.  Squash . . .  have a much higher water content, varies by variety and are all edible, not necessarily all good tasting though.    Squash can be highly decorative but will usually not keep as well as gourds.”

Now I know (and I think I mislabeled the turban squash below!).

Watercolor sketch of assorted squashes

Watercolor sketch of assorted squashes

Watercolor sketch of turban squashes

Watercolor sketch of turban squashes

5 Responses to “Gourds and Squashes”

  1. inte fan gör det det Says:

    Love the sketch and pic!

  2. Joy Says:

    I so enjoy your beautiful artwork! Your blog is very inspiring to me.
    Thank you!

  3. shoreacres Says:

    But did you find the Washington State Gourd Society? We have many varieties of wild gourds here in Texas. I’d gone looking to see if your state does, too, and that’s how I turned up these folks. Maybe you should pencil in next summer’s festival!

    • Rosemary Says:

      No, I hadn’t heard about the gourd society. Thanks for the link. I’ll be looking into what’s going on around here.

  4. camilla wells paynter Says:

    I know that turban squashes are highly edible–they’re delicious, one of my favorites! Lovely sketches!

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