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Cucurbita foetidissima

Buffalo Gourd

also known as Calabazilla and Missouri Fetid Gourd, among other names. A very interesting perennial of the arid Southwest and on up towards Missouri. The huge tuberous roots give rise to vines radiating outward in an almost geometric pattern, with scratchy, hairy, elongated leaves with a silvery sheen. Fruits are small balls, striped dark and light green when young (similar to some ornamental pepo gourds), yellow at maturity, and drying to thin-skinned round tan rattles. Seeds are high in oil and protein and the root is edible, but the whole plant is said to be stinky. Used medicinally by many Native American peoples. The Omaha Indians, I believe, used to hire white settlers to dig up the roots for them, believing that anyone who damaged them while digging (or dug them up, period?) would die soon thereafter. This seed comes from plants growing along I-10 near Fort Deming, New Mexico. It is still unclear at this point how these plants will do in this climate. $4.00/5 seeds

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