Winter melon, also called wax gourd, white gourd, ash gourd. The fruit is covered in a fuzzy coating of fine hairs when young. The immature melon has thick white flesh that tastes sweet. By maturity, the fruit loses its hairs and develops a waxy coating, giving rise to the name wax gourd. The wax coating helps to give the fruit a long shelf life. The melon may grow as large as 80 cm in length. It has yellow flowers and broad leaves. The taste is rather bland. Plants are vigorous and prolific. The oblong light green which is waxy when fully mature is tolerant to sunburn.
为什么夏天所产的瓜，却取名为冬瓜呢？这是因为瓜熟之际，表面上有一层白粉状的东西，就像冬天的白霜，因此，冬瓜又称白瓜。一年生蔓生或架生草本，果实椭圆形，绿色果皮腊粉多，故能抗日烧病，适合热带气候播种。果重约3～5公斤，果寛30 x 17cm,，肉质细嫩，特适于作冬瓜盅用。
Botanical Name: Benincasa hispida
This is an F1 Hybrid variety – it gives ‘Hybrid vigour’ and very productive crops. Seed is often produced by hand pollination and the seed are expensive. Do not attempt to save seed from these plants as it will not develop true to type any more.