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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!
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Gourd cuisine - sjo - Oct. 26th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
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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.

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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!
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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?
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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.
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boymeat
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
You win.
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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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