This is a preview of the content in our French Food Decoder app. Get the app to:
  • Read offline
  • Remove ads
  • Access all content
  • Use the in-app Map to find sites, and add custom locations (your hotel...)
  • Build a list of your own favourites
  • Search the contents with full-text search functionality
  • ... and more!
iOS App Store Google Play



Calabash (Lagenaria siceraria) in Seoul

Lagenaria siceraria Also known as a bottle gourd or pilgrim’s water bottle, this vine may have originated in Africa, but was grown all over the world in ancient times, for food (when young) and to use as a container (when old and dried).

calabash container

Pilgrims would strap one to their belt as a water bottle.


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Hyunjung Kim, Petr Kratochvil,PD art