Plants Like Art – Calabash

October 6, 2008 / No Comments

A calabash is an annual vine with white flowers and a smooth, large, hard-shelled gourd. It is also called bottle gourd, white-flowered gourd. What’s more, the little fellow can be molded and shaped into volleyballs, Buddhas and gargoyle heads…among other things.

I am not sure I get this. But, a grower in Lanzhou, the capital of China’s Gansu province used a biotechnology technique to cultivate various shapes from the calabash, turning the gourd into an artwork. Yeah, but what does it taste like?

“Hey can I have an ear?”

“No you get to eat the belly of the Buddha.”

GP is for using biotechnology to make the most of the plants and food supplies that the Earth can generate, but turning food into art. Perhaps some people just have too much time on their hands.

What do you think?