Latest Gourd Stories
Known to early Native Americans as a canteen or storage container, the bottle gourd was once considered an essential accessory. Since wild versions of the gourd don’t grow in the Americas, scientists have long wondered how it originated in the New World.
In 2010, it was shown that melons and cucumbers can be traced back to India. Because of the importance of the region for an understanding of Cucurbitaceae evolution and diversity, a new checklist of the Cucurbitaceae of India was produced to update the information on that family.
The party was over more than 4,000 years ago, but the remnants still remain in the gourds and squashes that served as dishware.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.