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Winter Melon White Ash Benincasa Hispida 100% Organic Non-GMO Seeds.. Winter melon, scientifically called Benincasa hispida, also is commonly called the wax gourd, the ash gourd, white gourd, and the winter gourd. Its seasonal name probably comes from the fact that while grown during the summer and autumn, it can be stored and eaten during the winter months. Fuzzy melon, called mo gwa or mo qua, is a vegetable that is native to Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines. It looks like a zucchini covered with fuzz; however, while zucchini is a type of squash, fuzzy melon is a gourd. It is an immature winter melon, a mild-tasting fruit often used as a vegetable in Asian cooking. Fuzzy melon is used in a number of dishes such as soups and stir-fries, and is also stuffed and steamed. The fuzz needs to be removed before using; removing the seeds is optional and will depend on the preparation. Winter Melon Squash is not actually a squash; nor is it actually a melon, though it is related to both. In an effect to distinguish it, some English synonyms draw on the word gourd instead. It is treated as a vegetable in Asian cooking. For the most part the melons are round, though they can also be slightly oblong.
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