Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima)
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The fruit is used as a soap substitute[94, 95, 169]. The fruit is cut up and simmered in water to obtain the soap which can be used for removing stains. The fruit can also be dried and stored for later use. It is often used with the root which is also a soap substitute. The soap is said to be effective in removing stains from clothing.
The dried fruits have a tough, thick skin. They can be used whole as rattles or can be carved to make ladles, spoons etc[94, 95, 257].
The root is a rich source of starch. (Industrial uses?)
Cultivation & Habitat
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