Winter Melon is a white-fleshed melon that is covered in a fuzzy coating of fine hairs when young and a waxy coating when mature. White Skin Giant Winter Melon can grow up to 30 lbs at maturity.
This versatile melon originated in South Asia and is popular in Eastern continents where it is recognized for its medicinal properties. It is often cooked in soups and stews, stir-fries, and can also be candied or made into sweet tea.
It is one of the few vegetables available during winter in areas of deciduous vegetation in the East and has a long shelf life.
In traditional Eastern and Ayurveda medicine, winter melon has been used to improve digestive function, help reduce symptoms of asthma and other lung problems, and is also used as a diuretic to aid in flushing toxins from the body naturally.
Also Known As Pink or White Indian Ash Gourd, Wax Gourd, Chinese Dong Gua, Tallow Pumpkin, Fuzzy Hair Melon, and Alu Puhul
Plant Name: Winter Melon, White Skin Giant Latin Name: Benincasa hispida Days to Germinate: 7-14 Days to Harvest: 95 Germination Rate: 85% Growth Habit: Vining USDA Zones: 3-11 Lifespan: Annual Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade GMO: No Pollination: Heirloom, Open-Pollinated