The bottle gourd (also known as the calabash or opo gourd) was first domesticated in Asia about 10,000 years ago, and independently domesticated again in Africa about 4,000 years ago. The bottle gourd’s fruit can be dried and made into containers, musical instruments, and fishing floats.
The bottle gourd is native to Africa, and was domesticated there roughly 5,000 years ago. DNA evidence, however, suggests that the plant was first domesticated in Asia approximately 10,000 years ago, before it became popular in Polynesia, from which Lagenaria siceraria is often referred to as “Polynesian Bottle Gourd.”
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