Ashgourd

Common Name

Ashgourd

Kingdom

Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida

Order

Cucurbitales

Family

Cucurbitaceae

Genus

Benincasa

Species

hispida

Native

Southeast Asia

Characteristics

The fruit is fuzzy when young.The immature melon has thick white flesh that is sweet when eaten. By maturity, the fruit loses its hairs and develops a waxy coating, giving rise to the name wax gourd, and providing a long shelf life

Distribution

East Asia and South Asia

Climate and weather

The winter melon requires very warm weather to grow but can be kept through the winter

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Uses

The melons are used in stir fry or to make winter melon soup, which is often served in the scooped out melon, which has been intricately decorated by scraping off the waxy coating.

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