I have this obsession with growing snake gourds. I like the fresh gourds , not too ripe, and light green. When I look for them in the vendors cart, or the supermarket shelf, I keep wondering when will I get some really good ones from my plants, instead of the long and wilting over ripe ones I find.
I tried growing them since 6 months, and finally I succeeded in getting this one. It was already publicized in my earlier post. Though I was looking forward to harvest long slender gourds, this was a short variety. But as they say in Tamil, ” Kakkaikku than Kunju Ponn kunju”. It is our homegrown, organic stuff, and tasty too.. After that one appearance, the plant was giving out nice cute little white flowers.
After one rain, the plant started climbed up. I tried unsuccessfully to give it a trellis, but space constraints made me think of a short cut.(Or plain lazy). The container was near the shade of a tree throughout summer, and once it rained, the tendrils were using the tree to climb up, with help from the rain and the access to the sun . I was glad that dozens of white flowers were appearing everywhere.
Whenever I looked for fruit formation, I saw only flowers. I was on the hope that once sun comes out for a few days , I might get vegetables hanging about. I keep looking under the tree canopy, thinking that with the weight of gourd, it will anyway hang down.
Today, to my surprise and mock horror, I find a cute gourd hanging from the top of the Sitaphal tree.
I am wondering how I am going to harvest it, without breaking!!