Dried Gourd Maracas: Tips For Making Gourd Maracas With Kids
The dried gourd is one of the most popular items in our culture. They are used in many different cultures around the world. Most people have heard of them, but they may not know much about their uses or even what exactly it is that makes them so special.
A dried gourd looks like a small round ball with a hole at its center. When you squeeze it, it releases a liquid which is very sweet tasting. It tastes similar to honey, but sweeter and less acidic. These little dried fruits are known as “gourds” because they were originally cultivated for making wine out of. However, when these dried fruit trees reached maturity they began producing other things besides grapes. Today there are several types of dried gourds available all over the world and each type has its own unique taste and use. Some of the most common uses include:
Gourds are made up of two parts wood and one part resin. The wood comes from the tree’s bark, while the resin comes from the inside of the gourd itself. Wood is usually harvested before it becomes too soft, and then it is split into pieces about three inches long.
Because gourds are hollow, they do not require any sort of glue to keep them together. Instead, they are wrapped in thin strips of cloth and sealed shut with beeswax. These little dried fruits have been around for centuries and can be found all over the world. There are many different types of dried gourd including:
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Dried gourds have been used as bowls, rattles, musical instruments, and even boats!
Sources & references used in this article:
Maraca by US Patent 2,318,460, 1943 – Google Patents
The gourd book by CB Heiser – 1993 – books.google.com
Recipe and Craft Guide to the Caribbean by G Summit, J Widess – 2007 – Sterling Publishing Company
Encyclopedia of percussion by JH Mofford – 2010 – books.google.com