Gourds are easily identified by their color, shape, size and general appearance. Gourds come in edible and non-edible varieties, and the non-edible varieties are usually used for table and other decorations. Typical gourd colors include green, orange and yellow, and they may be short and round or tall and curved depending on the type.
Some orange edible gourds include the butternut squash, golden hubbard and pie pumpkin. The pie pumpkin gourd is full in flavor without having an excessive amount of water like the larger pumpkins used for carving. The acorn squash is an edible gourd that is mostly green with a hint of yellow, while the apple and gooseneck gourds are not edible and typically used for decorations.
Some gourds that are short, stout and round include the pie pumpkin, cinderella and baby bear, all of which are orange in color. In contrast, the gooseneck, cushaw and angel wing gourds have a rounded bottom and a fluted, slender neck that is curved near the top. Some gourds, such as the apple gourd, have a smooth and rounded appearance. Others, like the pie pumpkin, have a rounded appearance, but some small ridges are also present. Others, like the angel wing gourds, have distinctive prominent ridges.