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Garden Gleanings - Let's eat!Posted Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 2:58 PM
Elongated winter melon and fuzzy melon
The fuzzy melon will be ready to harvest first. Don't let them grow too large. Just the opposite is true with the winter melon. You can let them grow to maturity, which as mentioned, will develop a white, waxy surface. We have had some varieties of winter melon get up to 30 pounds and more!
I get most of the surprises when I buy my seeds from small Chinese markets as I travel North America. The biggest came from a market in Montreal China Town. Monsters that looked like watermelons! Others are elongated and look like huge cucumbers or zucchini with white wax on them.
I am growing 4 varieties of fuzzy melon this spring, but only plan to keep two. The other two will go to our friends as plants. They are too busy cooking to get them started themselves.
The fuzzy melon needs to be cooked within a week or two, but the winter melon can be stored for months. I suppose this is one reason it got its' name, plus the fact that it develops a white, waxy surface as it matures.
Of course everything is better when fresh off the vine, so....
We have seen these squash used in stir fry dishes and soups. Here is one recipe that serves 3 to 4.
Some versions will also use small chunks of pork, ham or chicken. As with most soups, play with the recipe to satisfy your tastes.
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