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The winter melon, also called white gourd or ash gourd, is a vine grown for its very large fruit, eaten as a vegetable. The fruit is fuzzy when young. By maturity, the fruit loses its hairs and develops a waxy coating, giving rise to the name wax gourd, and providing a long shelf life. The melon may grow as large as 1-2 metres in length. The word “melon” in the name is somewhat misleading, as the fruit is not sweet. Originally cultivated in Southeast Asia, the winter melon is now widely grown in East Asia and South Asia as well.

Winter melon is also a common name for members of the Inodorus cultivar group of the muskmelon (Cucumis melo L), more commonly known as casaba or honeydew melons.


In North India and Pakistan, the vegetable is used to prepare a candy called Petha. In South Indian cuisine it is used to make curries. Occasionally, it is used to produce a fruit drink which has a very distinctive taste. It is usually sweetened with caramelized sugar, which enhances the taste.

 The winter melon requires very warm weather to grow but can be kept through the winter much like winter squash. The winter melon can typically be stored for 12 months. The melons are used in stir fry or to make winter melon soup, which is often served in the scooped out melon, which has been intricately decorated by scraping off the waxy coating.

The shoots, tendrils, and leaves of the plant may also be eaten as greens.

Winter melon is a common name for the inodorus cultivar group of the muskmelon (Cucumis melo L), or one of its members alternatively known as casaba, honeydew, or Persian.

Vernacular Names

Assamese: komora

Bengali: চাল কুমড়া chal kumṛa (lit. “thatch pumpkin”)

Burmese: kyauk pha-yon thee

Chinese: 冬瓜 dōngguā (lit. “winter melon”)

English: ash gourd, (Chinese) winter melon, fuzzy melon, green pumpkin, wax gourd, white gourd

French: courge cireuse, courgette velue (lit. “hairy zucchini”)

Hindi: पेठा peṭhā, pethakaddu

Indonesian: beligo

Japanese: とうがん tōgan (冬瓜, lit. “winter melon”)

Kannada: boodagumbala

Korean: 동과 donggwa, 동아 donga (冬瓜, lit. “winter melon”)

Malay: kundur

Malayalam: കുമ്പളങ്ങ kumbalanga

Marathi: कोहळा kohḷa

Portuguese: abóbora d’água (lit. “water pumpkin”), comalenge

Sinhala:පුහුල් Puhul

Taiwanese: dangguev (冬瓜, lit. “winter melon”)

Tamil: neer poosanikai (நீர்பூசனி)

Tagalog: kundol

Telugu: booḍida gummadikaaya

Thai: ฟัก fak

Tulu: ಕರ್ಕು೦ಬುಡ karkumbuda

Urdu: پیٹھہ, peṭhā

Vietnamese: bí đao


There are some of the recipes For this vegetable in Ayesha’s Kitchen as listed below:

Kaddu(Pumkin) (My Grandma’s Secret Recipe) Loki Kii Sabzi

3 thoughts on “Vegetable Of The Week WINTER MELON / BOTTLE GOURD

  1. Pingback: Valentines Day Gifts » Blog Archive » Vegetable of the Week Winter Melon / Bottle Gourd « Ayesha’s Kitchen

  2. Sue Vargas

    Hello Ayesha,

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