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Old 10-06-2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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Oh my Gourd!

OK, whats the difference between gourds and squashes? Are all squashes gourds or vice versa? Is the gourd just the outside of the squash? Just a random question. I've recently been trying new squashes, but some folks called them gourds so I was just wondering if there is something to identify them other than just semantics.

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Old 10-06-2008, 10:52 AM   #2
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I am not sure, but I think that all squashes are gourds. Not all gourdes are squashes though. I think melons are considered gourds as well if I am not mistaken. Possibly other things too.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:58 AM   #3
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Alix,
take a look at this..It explains gourd better than I can even after reading it.

Gourd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I looked that up kadesma, but it doesn't completely answer it for me. Anyone else able to help me?
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:16 AM   #5
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Hi Alix

What is basically says is that squash and gourds are related - they are in the same family but belong to a different genus within the family and the species is then part of the genus.

Gourds tend to be inedible but the shells can be hardened and used as storage vessels. There are some squash, such as pumpkins, that also be used like this. Other squash (marrows) are less likely to be useful in that way.
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