Winter Melon (Wax Gourd, Tung Qwa)

Wax Gourd, also called White Gourd, is a fast-growing, long-season, warm-climate vegetable. The plant produces fruits on vines, like the pumpkin on ground, which can grow up to 50 pounds. Fruits can be stored in a cool place for months and used later in the winter season. Thus this gourd is called Tong Qwa, meaning "Winter Melon" in Chinese. The unopened fruits can be kept fresh for a long time, but the flesh shall be used in cooking within a few days once the fruit is cut into pieces.

NOTE: Wax Gourd needs insects/honey bees to carry out the pollinating process for setting fruits. If the insects are not available in your area, the pollinating process can be done manually, by picking up male flowers and transferring pollens from male flower to femal flowers (by face-to-face touching the center part of flowers). This process should be carried out when flowering is active during the daytime.



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Winter Melon, Oblong Tong Qwa
Winter Melon, Oblong Tong Qwa

Large size gourd. Popular in subtropical areas.

Winter Melon, Hybrid Wonder Wax
Winter Melon, Hybrid Wonder Wax

Large fruit, 5-6 Kg. Excellent hybrid variety.

Wax Gourd, Southern Dark Skin
Wax Gourd, Southern Dark Skin

A unique wax gourd with dark green skin.

Winter Melon, Round Tong Qwa
Winter Melon, Round Tong Qwa

Medium size gourd. Good for home garden and fresh markets.

Winter Melon, Long Giant
Winter Melon, Long Giant

Large fruit, up to 30 pounds. Popular variety.

Winter Melon, Hybrid Small Round
Winter Melon, Hybrid Small Round

Small size for family cooking use.

Medium Wax Gourd, Hybrid Khao Nuan
Medium Wax Gourd, Hybrid Khao Nuan

Medium size fruits. Excellent quality.

Small Wax Gourd, Hybrid Thai Small
Small Wax Gourd, Hybrid Thai Small

Small size fruit. Good adaptability.


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