Gourds have been a common sight in Vietnam for ages, but they can be quite cumbersome due to their weight. To prevent them from falling and causing a commotion, people often resort to tying them up with a rope or hanging them on a hammock. It’s truly a sight to behold!
Ben Cau native, Mr. Tran Cong Vinh has a splendid gourd garden that boasts of enormous fruits.
The flavor and appearance of gourds are truly delightful. Their significance in feng shui as a representation of long life adds to their overall appeal.
When these gourds are fully grown, they can weigh anywhere from 10 to 15 kilograms. As a result, it’s necessary to hang a hammock on the truss in order to sit on it without risking a fall.
Once the gourd is ready to be used, it can be emptied out and transformed into a variety of decorative items such as table lamps, night lights, or even wine bottles.
The price of each item varies from 150,000 VND to 700,000 VND depending on its size.
Mr. Vinh’s gourd trees are limited in fruit production, with only 3-4 fruits per tree. This is primarily due to the size of the fruit, which demands a substantial amount of nutrients.
In addition to Mr. Vinh’s impressive gourd garden, there is also another remarkable one in Can Tho belonging to Mr. Huynh Tai.
Mr. Tai grew a gourd with an elongated structure and a weight exceeding 30 kilograms.
Besides securing the truss frame with a sturdy rope, Mr. Tai had to improvise by placing chairs to prop up the oversized gourds.
Growing this type of gourd is a breeze, as it requires minimal effort and attention. In just a span of three months, you can already start harvesting its fruit.
The gigantic pumpkin, despite being commonly used for soup-making, remains delectable and sugary.