Plant Family: Bignoniaceae
Other Names: luch, hom, huaz, tree gourd, wild calabash, jicara
The calabash is a vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young, and used as a vegetable, or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. For this reason, one of the calabash subspecies is known as the bottle gourd. The fresh fruit has a smooth, light green skin and white flesh.
The calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not for food but as a container.
The Calabash is also used in making the Shegureh and Balangi (a type of Xylophone) musical instruments