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Another deep thought.

Here is something that I have been pondering.

Why do gourds exist? What is their purpose? Do we really have an entire industry based around growing strange little objects only used two months out of the year simply for decoration?

Maybe I'm just an ignorant city-boy... but I really don't get it.

Why gourds?

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sjo
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
People eat them, too. No, really.
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a gourd meant for eating on sale. Weird!
daddi_cade
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
It's not weird to people in Africa, who eat them regularly, then make musical instruments out of the carcass.
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Like I said, this post was probably entirely made out of ignorance.
sjo
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think -- though I could be wrong -- that pumpkins and squash are considered gourds.
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
True. However, I'm not including those in this query. I am well familiar with the yummyness of those.
Gourd cuisine - sjo - Oct. 26th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
on_reserve
Oct. 26th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Even really small ones? I've seen miniature ones that are only abotu 2" long, most. I understand that the GOURD FAMILY provides many eating and useful options but why would anyone selectively breed down FOOD?
jadia
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Gourds like pumpkins? Their purpose is pie! Mmmmmmmm.

I don't know what the little tiny ones are for. Maybe they're just beta versions or demo versions of the final product.
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boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
And there is even a magazine... of the American Gourd Society... for gourders!

http://www.americangourdsociety.org/magazine/toc.html

Man. I want a business card made now.

Boymeat. Sadist. Gourder.

danbearnyc
Oct. 27th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
El Gourdito?
brehen
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Many gourds are for eating...you bake them with sweet sticky stuff smeared all over them...*beaming sigh*

They may also be fashioned into musical instruments.
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Really?

I mean, I've eaten acorn squash like that... open it, bake it, and put butter/sugar/maple syrup/whatevah in it.

Like that? What kind of gourds do you eat? Edumucate me!
brehen
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well...they are all kinda part of the same family...You know. Like...think of your family...some are edible, some you carve into, some are pretty, some are odd looking yet wonderful to have, some have specific functions, some need to be hollowed out before proper use...but when it all comes down to it...You're all just a bunch of perverted sick-o's.

I have brought to office a few small ornamental gourds...I wouldn't eat them...but I would carve them out and place candles inside.

Golly...I think the best thing would be for me to fly out and take you a real pumkin patch...they usually have a little shop where you may find gourds of all types...we can bring a book for indentification...Wow...a real field trip.

melebeth
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who you are, but I just wanted to say that the first paragraph of your comment made me an incredibly happy camper.
brehen
Oct. 26th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
*happy campers are awesome...*Glad to know you are one...if just for the moment.
brehen
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh what do I eat!
I like to butternut squash the best...acorn is good too.

You can make a great Butternut Squash soup!

hehe...heehee...Butt-er-nut
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh what do I eat!
See, OK... THOSE gourds I know what to you with. Yummy yummy goodness.

It's those little weird looking gourds. The only thing I can think of is to... wait for it... hit people with them!
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Can I get a gourd tuba?
brehen
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
If such an item existed...it would belong to you...*inherently.
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boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Bah woodwinds. Bah!
brehen
Oct. 26th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
*A few years ago I made a flute out of a vacuum cleaner part...it plays very nicely.
taliakit
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Organic fucktoys?
sirwinterwolf
Dec. 1st, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
For a food fetishist like me, they are great for fucking someone or kodak moments
nyssimi
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
They make the best bird houses!
t_rex
Oct. 27th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Hey, that's what I was gonna say!
pallidbat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
If you get them to dry without getting moldy or gross, they become noisemakers for small children. Great rattling noise that's not nearly as horrifying as giving them pots and a wooden spoon.
rdhdsnippet
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Is there a recommended process for getting them to dry without getting moldy or gross, or is it just dumb luck?
pallidbat
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
http://www.ehow.com/how_3886_dry-gourds.html

So sayeth the Internets, anyway. I haven't dried a gourd in...well, since I was a child. ;)
rdhdsnippet
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I might try it for my kid. Thanks! :)
pallidbat
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
meapet
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
We living historians let their innards dry out, put a hole in the side, shake the insides out, wax the inside with beeswax, fill them with water, and put a cork in the hole. Great little water jugs they are!

I actually have one sitting in my kitchen drying currently.
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boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I adore squashes like that. dahling has introduced me to the pleasures... and now acorn squashes must be in the house at all times!

It's those little gourds that confuzzle me.
viviane212
Oct. 27th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
Roasted acorn squash soup, with a little crushed red pepper, and sauteed onions, all buzzed in a blender. Yum.
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boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
You win.
taliakit
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
They even have a gourd petting zoo.
finubala
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Pumpkins are related to squash. I take it that you don't love squash?

One can eat squash. Squash is lovely. Squash has lots of beta carotene, which is good for you.
boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Actually, I love squash! I meant those small gourds.
nex0s
Oct. 26th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Gourds are squash. Squash are gourds. They are the same genus. The genus is Curcurbita and it hybridizes quite readily, which makes for many types of gourds that may be eaten or used for other things such as musical instruments, water jugs, and sex toys. You may also hit people with them, provided you have their permission first.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourd
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squash_%28fruit%29

See you tonight!

n.

bronxlou
Oct. 26th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Sex an procreation
I an not an expert but believe it's because animals are bribed by the goards nutritional content to eat them and then hopefully shit the seeds out in a good place for them to grow. Good Mother Nature follows this strategy in other plants as well, for instance the orange.

holey1
Oct. 27th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Gourding
a bit like figging but many small gourds strung together to create a benwha like device for vegans?
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boy_wonderwolf
Oct. 27th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Another use is the hollow one out and use as a laddle or cup. I have one that was my great grandfathers. Its now a decorative piece of art.

Also, try butternut squash cubes sauteed with onion, wheatberries, brownsugar, and pumpkins spices. Very yummy!
feyrieprincess
Oct. 27th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
originally used as bowls, containers, etc in pre-pottery, pre-basketry southeastern archaic cultures
pallidbat
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
http://www.ehow.com/how_3886_dry-gourds.html

So sayeth the Internets, anyway. I haven't dried a gourd in...well, since I was a child. ;)
boy_cru
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
personally, i take the opportunity of this time of year to substitue the word when i'm flabbergasted: 'oh my gourd!'.
kytherea1
Oct. 28th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oh My fucking "gourd"
I can't believe there are over 50 comments on fucking gourds...

I guess I'm going to have weave the gourd thing into My new dead submissive walking genre book... maybe an agent will finally pay attention to Me...

and to think... all it took was a "gourd"

I owe you Boymeat... Oh.. wait.. that's dangerous isn't it.. to owe you...

nevahhhh mind....

he he
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