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85 to 95 Days to maturity. Benincasa hispida. Round Winter Melon Wax Gourd Seeds. Annual, Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Non-GMO. This melon is very popular in Asia and is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. This is because of its low carbohydrate content, and the growing interest in foods that are low-carb or keto-diet friendly. The winter melon has thick, white, sweet flesh. When ripe, the rind is covered with a waxy white coating that protects the fruit. It can be stored for up to a year. Sometimes called the Chinese Watermelon as it is very large, usually weighing 14-22 pounds. It requires a long, warm growing season. Approx 450 seeds / oz.
The winter melon has a long growing season. They should be started indoors and transplanted after the soil has warmed up to 60 degrees. Before planting soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to soften the hard seed coat. It's best to choose a warm sunny location for this melon to grow. This plant grows best on the ground, not on a trellis. It will spread over a large area, leave about 4 feet around each plant. Water consistently, and ensure it has full sun.
Harvesting Round Winter Melon Wax Gourd
Wait to harvest until the plant is fully mature. They will reach their full size, the stem of the plant will turn brown, and the leaves will turn yellow. Often the fruit will have a white powder that coats the entire fruit.
This fruit is called the winter melon not because it grows in the winter, but because it can be stored over the winter. It will keep fresh for a long time. Store the fruit in a dry cool place. It is best served cooked, and is delicious in soups, stews, pastry filling, and jams. Cut the gourd open, peel it, scrape out the seeds and cut the flesh into cubes for use in a variety of recipes.
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