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WAX GOURD - WINTER MELON

$3.50
GST included Delivery: 1 to 3 weeks

This fast growing vegetable produces large round fruit up to 20kg with a white waxy coating. This white waxy layer allows it to be stored for several months with little loss of quality. Wax Gourd has a mild to bland flavour and juicy texture a little like a zucchini. It is mainly used in soups and stews, but can also be stuffed 

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This fast growing vegetable produces large round fruit up to 20kg with a white waxy coating. This white waxy layer allows it to be stored for several months with little loss of quality. Wax Gourd has a mild to bland flavour and juicy texture a little like a zucchini. It is mainly used in soups and stews, but can also be stuffed with a flavoursome filling and baked. In Chinese cuisine Wax Gourd is also turned into pickles and sweet candies. The shoots, tendrils and leaves are used as greens and the seeds are edible and are eaten roasted. Wax Gourd is easy to grow. This plant loves full fun. Sow the seeds in Nov. Plant the seeds directly into soil or start in pots and trans- plant when seedlings have 3-4 leaves. It has a very vigorous spread - both horizontal and vertical. One single plant can cover a large area so give it plenty of space. It is not suitable for confined areas. It has very attractive bright yellow flowers. the melons are green and can weight 10 Kg. each. It requires ample water, but be careful when the melons form - don't overwater. Harvest when the skin colour changes from bright/shining to a dull color. If stored in a cool place untouched, the melon can last a year. It has an extremely high Vitamin C content.

QTY 22 SEEDS

SKU17475
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