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Gourd – Types, Benefits, and Uses

If you’re a customer wanting to buy some fruit or vegetables, then chances are you’ve seen gourds in the produce section of your grocery store. But what exactly are they? Here we will be discussing gourds, the different types of gourds available, their nutritional benefits and uses.

What is a Gourd?

Gourds are members of the Cucurbitaceae family which include cucumbers, melons, squash, pumpkins and luffas. The most common type of gourd is called a hard-shell gourd which has an extremely tough outer shell that changes color as it matures from green to yellow or orange. As for edible varieties there are; snake melon, bottle gourd, bitter melon and wax gourd.

Nutritional Benefits

Gourds have several health benefits due to their high water content making them a great source of hydration. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A and C as well as fiber; all which aid in digestion. Most varieties of gourd also contain antioxidants which help fight off free radicals that cause cell damage in the body.
So if you’re looking for something healthy to add to your diet try adding some gourds!


Gourds eaten cooked or raw depending on the variety added to salads or stir-fries for an extra crunch! Not only eaten but they can also be used in decorative ways with their stunning colors and vibrant shapes. Some people even use them to make art pieces like vases or even jewelry! You could even hollow out a dried gourd shell to make into something useful like birdhouses or lanterns. So when comes down to it there’s plenty of ways you can use these rather unique fruits/vegetables (depending on how you look at it!)


In conclusion we have learnt about what exactly are gourds. As well the different types available along with their nutritional benefits and potential uses. For them both culinary and decorative wise! So next time you go shopping for fruits/vegetables keep an eye out for these amazing things!

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