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Calabash

February 27, 2014

Calabash

 

The calabash is a large fruit native to Asia or Africa.  The calabash, (crescentia cujeta), grows to be very large, though it’s size and shape varies a lot.  The color starts out shiny green, and then as it ripens, it turns a pale brown.  When the fruit is dried, it is used as a vessel.  Calabash is similar in structure to a pumpkin.

            The calabash tree is an evergreen tree, and produces white flowers; however, the tree is very cold sensitive.  The fruit grow off the trunk.

            The pulp from the calabash fruit is usually the only part eaten.  The pulp is scooped out; the shell is discarded, or dried.  The flesh contains numerous triangular shaped seeds.  They are inedible.  The flesh directly surrounding the seeds should be removed as well.  It is a purgative. 

            Calabash are in season from August to September.

 

 

© 2014 Chef Jennifer M. Denlinger       All rights reserved

 

cite me:  Denlinger, J.  (2014, February 27).  Calabash.  Retrieved from:  FloridaChef.net

 

 

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