Fuzzy Hair Melon
Fuzzy Star Hairy Gourd is a hybrid variety of wax gourd with a coating of fine hairs on dark green skin and creamy, white interior flesh! This 9-11 inch long gourd is a staple of Chinese diet and can be prepared and eaten in a similar fashion to summer squash or zucchini. Eat very young Fuzzy Melons raw or peel, cut into chunks and add to soup or steam. Try slicing and shredding fuzzy gourds to add to a stir fry, or core and stuff with pork, prawns and other mixtures before baking and steaming. Fuzzy Hair Gourd is also very popular around the globe! It is used in Andean, Caribbean, Indian, Southeast Asian, African, Indian, Mexican, and South American cuisine.
In traditional Eastern and Ayurveda medicine, Hairy Gourd gourd 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: Hairy Melon, Fuzzy Gourd, Chinese Preserving Melon, Wax Gourd, Moa Qua (”Hairy Gourd”), Mo Gwa, Chi Qua, Jointed Gourd, Hairy Cucumber, Small Winter Gourd.
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||Fuzzy Melon, Fuzzy Star F1
Benincasa hispida var. chieh-qua
|Days to Germinate:||7-14|
|Days to Harvest:||90
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation:To prepare soil, remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Leave small weeds and dead grass, they will enrich the soil when turned under. Spade the soil 8-12 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to cover the plant materials with soil. You may add fertilizer (see "Fertilizing" below) or 2-3 inches of organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over the planting area at this point. Till to mix this organic material into the top 8-10 inches of soil. For wax gourd, make rows of soil beds 4-6 inches high and at least 3 feet apart. This formation of ridges will help with drainage.
Planting:Since wax gourd does not grow well in cool weather, plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm. To plant, make 1 inch deep holes spaced 4 feet apart in raised beds down the rows, then plant 5-6 seeds in each hole. Cover thinly with soil and water after planting. After the seeds come up and plants are 3-4 inches tall, thin to 3 wax gourd plants per hill. Wax gourds will grow on vines which can then be trained over a trellis or sprawl on the ground. Wax gourds are sensitive to frost. Keep growing temperatures between 70-95F for productive growth.
|Planting Depth:||1 inch|
||3-8 feet (can trellis or sprawl)
Care During the Season:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.3 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 147 mg||6%|
|Potassium 8 mg||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4 g||1%|
|Dietary fiber 3.8 g||15%|
|Protein 0.5 g||1%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||28%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||0%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Sources include: USDA