Cucurbita foetidissima

Cucurbita foetidissima

Cucurbita foetidissima (buffalo gourd, calabazilla, chilicote, coyote gourd, fetid gourd, Missouri gourd, stinking gourd, wild gourd, wild pumpkin) is a plant found in the southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico. While the fruit is widely believed to be inedible, it is actually eaten cooked as a squash when very young. However, as the fruit becomes fully matured, it is quite poisonous. At this stage, the fruit is used for decorative purposes or in making musical instruments, particularly rattles. The seeds are the source of buffalo gourd oil.

It grows fast (including a big underground tuber) with little water, and some have proposed growing it for fuel or biofuel ethanol


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