Fuzzy, prickly, hairy melon, squash, gourd, Mao Qwa, gwa, ....?
The little more is that we have a garden club social night coming up this next Friday. NOT TONIGHT! We have to decide on a place, so check our FB page or here over the next few days.
As I was picking fuzzy melon this week (aka fuzzy gourd, baby winter melon, Moa Qwa or Gwa or......) I was thinking back on our meeting last week and the outrageous accusations :-) about me "playing down" the taste of it.
Well... it wasn't outrageous or even close to contentious, but maybe it got your attention. espoontoon, you were right, I really did not give it "just due".
It is a squash that has a "summer squash" texture when cooking, is mild and absorbs the flavors of whatever you are cooking it with to perfection. We stir fry it but I think espoontoon has more experience with it and maybe will share some thoughts on cooking?
If you get the "winter" variety that waxes over as it ripens, it actually can last in a root cellar or cool storage environment much longer than summer squash, so there is another reason to consider growing it.
BUT, as I gathered some this morning two other reasons jumped out at me. The leaf texture gathers dew quite well and may be a reason it seems to do well even when other plants are wilting from lack of rain.
AND the squash bugs seem to dislike it. I am guessing because of the fuzzy (prickly) surface both on the leaves and stems, but there could be more. For whatever reason, I have squash bugs all over my other winter and summer squash, but I could not find one, NOT ONE on the fuzzy melon plant. Hmmmmm.
Anyone else notice this?
Even my bitter melon, which is BITTER, has some taste testing going on, but not the fuzzy melon.