Drying Gourds

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Curing and Drying Gourds

While the process of drying gourds is simple. There are not too many steps on how to dry gourds. However, it takes a long-elapsed time to dry gourds. Effectively, the gourds “sweat” the moisture from inside out through their thick skin. 

Unlike other garden vegetables, you won’t eat a gourd (Yet, they are edible). If you are going to put small gourds on display, you can do so right away. A healthy gourd will last for many months.

However, gourds are often used for craft projects and other uses like birdhouses. Thus, they must be dried first

Here’s how to dry them for later use:

Gourd Flaticon

The Process for Curing and Drying Gourds

Gourds take a long time to dry. Small ones take at least a month. The long gourd, used for crafts and birdhouse gourds, can take six months or more. Here are the basics for drying gourds:

Clean gourds with a solution of water and a disinfectant or bleach to kill any bacteria. Place gourds on a screen or a board, making sure that they do not touch each other. Store them in a cool, well-ventilated area. Gently move them each day or two, and wipe off any moisture that is on them. Moisture is natural, as they are perspiring off the water content, which is about 90% of their weight. Fungus on them is not abnormal. They are okay unless they develop a soft spot. If a soft spot is found, discard it.

Gourds are dry when the seeds rattle inside. After losing all of the water content, the gourd becomes very lightweight- – and fragile.

Once they are dry, you can make a wide range of crafts. Then, paint, shellack, or leave them unfinished. As previously mentioned, Long gourds are used most frequently for crafts. Birdhouse gourds are also very common. You can make just about anything, including vases, flower pots, bowls, dishes, ladles. Simply use your imagination, or visit a craft show where a gourd crafter is showing his or her crafts.

Did you know? The technique for drying gourds was perfected a long, long time ago. Gourds were commonly used in ancient cultures around the world for a variety of tools and dishes.

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