New Guinea Bean (aka bottle gourd, succubi or Cucuzza)
Origin: Dry Tropics
Plant: Sept – Dec
Harvest: Dec – May
A good substitute for zucchini. Pick fruit when no larger than 30cm-45cm, peel, then slice diagonally (remove seeds). Shallow fry the slices in hot oil and serve with freshly milled black pepper for a treat. Mature gourds can grow to many kilos, but will only be useful for seed saving or decoration.