Buffalo gourd oil

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Buffalo gourd oil is a seed oil, extracted from the seeds of the Cucurbita foetidissima, which is native to southwest North America. As the Latin name of the plant indicates, the vine has a foul smell. The seeds of the Buffalo gourd are rich in oil and protein, and were used by American Indians to make soap.[1] The oil's fatty acid composition is dominated by linoleic acid (64.5%) and oleic acid (17.1%).[2]


  1. ^ "Squashes, Gourds and Pumpkins". ECHO. January 13, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  2. ^ Shahnaz Hamid & Aisha Haider (April 23, 2001). "Physico-chemical characteristics of oil from Buffalo gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima)". Journal of food science and technology. 38 (6): 598–600. Retrieved 2006-11-12.