Calabash Tree (crescentia cujete), a native of the West Indies and the continent of America. It grows to about the height and bulk of an apple tree, with crooked horizontal branches, has wedge-shaped leaves, pale white flowers on the trunk and branches, and a roundish fruit, from a few inches to a foot in diameter. The calabash fruit contains a pale yellow, juicy pulp, of an unpleasant taste, which is deemed a valuable remedy in several disorders, both internal and external. The uses to which the fruit of the calabash tree is applied are very numerous. It is covered with a greenish-yellow skin, enclosing a thin, hard, and almost woody shell, which is employed in lieu of various kinds of domestic utensils, such as bowls, cups, and goblets of every description. These shells are so hard and cross grained that when filled with any fluid, they may sometimes be put on the fire and used as kettles. They are also cut and carved, variously stained, and polished, as ornamental vessels.
Calabash - Leaves, Flower, and Fruit.