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Ash Gourd / Winter Melon Smoothie

Updated on September 12, 2020

Why Try a Winter Melon?

Imagine a melon that tastes just like a mild cucumber. Since it doesn't have much flavor of its own, it's a great addition to smoothies. It can be a little bit hard to come by here in America, but as I will show you, it's super easy to grow. It also can be found in Asian markets.

What Does A Winter Melon Taste Like?

While it looks almost exactly like a honeydew on the outside, the winter melon smells and tastes like a cucumber. It even looks like a cucumber once cut open.

It isn’t sweet at all, so don’t try to put it in a fruit salad or eat it like a watermelon.

It’s more watery than a cucumber, so it wouldn’t be a good substitute for cucumber in salads.

Look Familiar?

Winter Melon cut open
Winter Melon cut open

Ash Gourd Still On The Vine

I came across mine on accident. What was supposed to be a cactus garden got taken over by a random, super-aggressive vine. I had no idea what it was, but curiosity got the best of me so I let it keep growing just to find out.
I came across mine on accident. What was supposed to be a cactus garden got taken over by a random, super-aggressive vine. I had no idea what it was, but curiosity got the best of me so I let it keep growing just to find out.

Where Can I Find a Winter Melon in America?

Google “winter melon” and 90% of sources are from people in India. Winter Melon is readily available in India, Bangladesh, and all Southeast Asia. In America, you can find it at Asian markets, or you can grow one. Mine came up literally on accident. I did absolutely nothing except water it a couple of times. I live in the Southeast USA. It appeared in June and I got the first full grown gourd off it in September.

Wax Gourd Seeds

Serendipity Seeds Brand -Winter Wax Melon Benincasa hispida 10 Seeds White Gourd Seeds Long Shelf Life Good Producer Natural Non GMO
Serendipity Seeds Brand -Winter Wax Melon Benincasa hispida 10 Seeds White Gourd Seeds Long Shelf Life Good Producer Natural Non GMO
I was unable to find any American sources for these seeds. The good news is, they do appear to grow very well here, so maybe in the future this gourd will become more readily available.
 

Why Use Winter Melon?

Winter Melon is so popular in Southeast Asia because it’s easy to grow and has a lot of vitamins and minerals. It is used to help settle the stomach. It’s also viewed as lucky and there are a lot of health claims made about it. You can read more about that here. While I don’t think it cures cancer or anything, it’s always good to try new things and who knows, it might just become your favorite thing.

Winter Melon Drink

Winter Melon is awesome blended with salt, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. I used about a half cup of lime juice with half of the melon. It blended down surprisingly small. It really is like 90% water.
Winter Melon is awesome blended with salt, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. I used about a half cup of lime juice with half of the melon. It blended down surprisingly small. It really is like 90% water.

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