Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
A member of the bottle gourd tribe, Guinea Bean bears light green, cylindrical fruits up to 5' long with creamy-white flesh similar to squash. It was believed to originate from New Guinea, hence the name, but it is now known to hail from Africa and is also considered a traditional Italian vegetable called cucuzza. For cooking, pick the green fruits when less than 2' long and prepare like squash.
Native Distribution: Pantropical
Direct sow seeds outdoors after the last spring frost in well-drained, fertile soil. Best grown on a strong trellis or other supportive structure. Approximately 6-8 seeds per packet.
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