Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"

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The unripe fruit tastes bitter but it is softened by cooking

Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


The snake gourd is a gourd vine adapted to tropical and subtropical growing spontaneously in thick bushes at the edge of forests and in clearings in south-east Asia, China, India and Korea. At first glance, it may seem a simple plant cucumber because of the elongated stem, the shape and extent of its leaves. It, however, has something really unique: it produces white flowers with beautiful and thin filaments, the blossoming, will extend, then no curl, as the flowers tend to wilt.

Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


Male flowers sprout in the group, while the female ones individually, unfolding after sunset and beautiful observers because of their characteristically shaped lace, creating unique embroidery, created by Mother Nature. The snake gourd, also known by the common names of "podalangai, chachinda, lingapotla, snake gourd, snake plant" but also as "pumpkin snake", a true delicacy of Indian cooking, hence the name of its kind, Trichosanthes, from the greek "erfogl" (hair) and "Erfo" (flower); while the epithets, specific and subspecific, "cucumerina" and "anguina" mean in Latin, respectively, "shaped cucumber" and "snake-shaped".

Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


The unripe fruit tastes bitter but it is softened by cooking. The reddish pulp, however, is used in Africa as replaced tomatoes and sprouts, tendrils and leaves as vegetables. The "pumpkin snake", besides being ornamental gardens, is great in the kitchen, filled with chopped peppers, spinach and zucchini, while, allowed to dry, can be painted and engraved and is widely used in crafts for making tools wind, rattles, rain sticks and decorative sculptures, but also for feeding and nesting boxes for birds and jewelery boxes. The artist Mike Peyton, for example, is known worldwide for creating snakes inlaid with geometric deco

Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"


tional to hang on the walls.

Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"
Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"
Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"
Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"
Snake gourd: the "pumpkin snake" by the beautiful flowers "lace"

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