This vining plant produces green and white striped fruits that are popular in many Southeast Asian cuisines. Gourds are best when harvested around 12" long and 1" in diameter, and can be used in curries, stews, or stir-fries. The leaves and tendrils can also be harvested when young and tender and eaten as greens.
Gourd - Buag Ngu Snake Gourd
- Planting: when temperatures are reliably above 60°F, plant 12" to 18" apart in direct sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight) in fertile and well-drained soil (for best results, amend soil with compost or worm castings 2 weeks before planting). Provide a strong trellis for stronger plants and straighter fruit, and train young vines to grow up the trellis.
Watering: water deeply and frequently after transplanting to avoid shock, once established, water regularly and deeply to keep soil moist and encourage strong root formation.Harvesting: Harvest fruits once they are 10" to 12" in length, or younger for more tender fruit. To harvest, cut stem at least 2" from the fruit, do not pull fruit off as this could damage the vine.