Autumn is here and with it comes lovely colourful gourds and mini pumpkins.There are hundreds of species of gourds divided into 3 groups and the cute, colorful little ornamental gourds that make good decorations are from the Cucurbita pepo group. They are closely related to pumpkins, summer squashes, and some winter squashes such as acorn and delicata.
Gourds are generally extremely bitter and not edible but are great for decoration. Placed simply on a shelf or in a bowl or used as part of a more elaborate table centre they add perfect seasonal style to your home.
Before you buy, check that the shell is hard and there are no soft parts as this could mean it has started to decompose. They last pretty well but be careful, they suddenly go soft and you might end up with a soggy mess.