During a seed fair in Thailand's Chiang Rai province in 2011, the ECHO Asia Seed Bank came across a number of interesting crops grown by hilltribe farmers. But it was not until the current 2012 growing season that one of these crops caught our full attention. Although we knew gourd seeds had been obtained at the fair, we had no idea that they were seeds from the unique Caveman Club gourd.
In fact, this was the first time that we had come across this particular variety. Obviously, the crop can be grown for novelty or ornamental purposes. When mature, the gourd will turn brown while retaining its characteristic texture. And like our other common gourd varieties, both the young fruit and shoots are edible.
FYI, seeds are currently being prepared for distribution.