Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumpkin 'art' and the two loofahs...

Pumpkins are believed to originate from North America...
The Japanese call them 'kabocha', which rhymes with Kampuchea...
Apparently, to the Japanese, the pumpkin came into Japan from Cambodia, hence the name...
Our pumpkin harvest is not too bad this year...
All in all, we manage to harvest seven fruits of this 'Ebisu' specie...
With no scissors on hand, I just ripped the stalks off from this pumpkin...
And woah, do I see a 'bird' here?
And this one... a little monster flexing its muscles?
Now, the loofah is supposed to originate from India...
We grow both types...
The pictures above shows the Egyptian loofah which is rather smooth-skinned...
I observe that it flowers in the morning...
The second type is the angled loofah...
They seem to prefer flowering in the evening...
My sweeto haato prefers the smooth-skinned Egyptian... better taste, she says...
Rather unfortunately for her, our angled loofahs were more productive this season...
Perhaps, 43 angled loofahs compared to about 30 Egyptian loofahs...
In any case, we usually make soups out of them...