This is a round-shaped calabash that is grown for many uses. The light green skinned fruits have white flesh and are sweet and entirely edible when harvested at this immature stage.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 12-20 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 95-100 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
For quantities greater than 500 lbs, or for special requests such as seed treatment, ask us for a price quote on this variety.
Cultivation: Needs a long, warm growing season. Prepare fertile, well drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 4-6' apart. On each mound plant 3 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest or leave to sprawl on the ground. May need hand pollinating.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: The immature fruit can be steamed; it must be picked before the skin hardens. Mature fruit is used mainly for kampyo by drying the gourd flesh into strips for sushi. Kampyo needs to be soaked, salted, rinsed and boiled to soften it for use.