Winter Melon (Ash Gourd)


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Winter Melon, also known as "Pink or White Indian Ash Gourd," "Wax Gourd," "Chinese Dong Gua," "Tallow Pumpkin," and "Fuzzy Hair Melon" and "Alu Puhul" is a white-fleshed melon that is covered in a fuzzy coating of fine hairs when young and a waxy coating when mature. This versatile melon originated in South Asia and is popular in Eastern continents where it recognized for its medicinal properties. It is often cooked in soups and stews, stir-fried, and can also be candied or made in to 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.

Species Winter Melon, White Skin
Vegetable Size 6-30 inches long, up to 30 lbs

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Country of Origin

United States


Full Sun, Partial Shade

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Planting Instructions:

Plant 1 inch in soil after danger of frost has passed in Spring or at least 15 weeks before heavy frost for Fall planting, in mostly sunny areas. Sow the gourd seeds in 8-inch high soil mounds 2 weeks after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Trellising is recommended.

Within-Row Spacing 5 feet
Between-Row Spacing 8 feet

Nutrition Facts:

Winter Melon
Calories 17
% 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%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 3%
*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