Benincasa fistulosa - Ash Gourd, White Wax Winter Melon, Tinda

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Botanical nomenclature: Benincasa fistulosa
Common Name: Ash Gourd, White Wax Winter Melon, Tinda
Family: Cucurbitaceae


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The plant is, as with all cucurbits, a prolific vine, and is grown as an annual. The fruit is approximately spherical, and 5–8 cm in diameter. The seeds may also be roasted and eaten. Tinda is a famous nickname among Punjabi families in India. This unique squash-like gourd is native to , very popular in Indian and pakistan cooking with curry and many gourmet dishes. Green colored, apple sized fruits are flattish round in shape and 50-60 grams in weight. Plants are vigorous, productive and begin to bear fruits in 70 days after planting.

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