Benincasa hispida - Winter Melon, Wax Gourd, Ash Pumpkin

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Botanical Nomenclature: Benincasa hispida
Common name: Ash Gourd, White Gourd, Winter Gourd, Tallow Gourd, Ash Pumpkin, Winter Melon, Chinese Preserving Melon, Alu Puhul
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Origin: South and Southeast Asia


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A melon or gourd with thin shoots, serrated leaves and yellow flowers followed by large fruits that are attractive, waxy white and edible, but rather bland in taste. The fruits can be eaten when immature or fully ripe and store for a year when mature. They are popularly used in Asia in soups, cakes, drinks, candied, or in a variety of other dishes.

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