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Mokwa

Benincasa hispida var chieh-qua


Mokwa
Seed #161
Jointed gourd is also known as fuzzy gourd, hairy gourd, mokwa, mao gua and mao qua. The fuzzy hairs covering the green skin of this gourd describes its common name, hairy gourd. It is very popular in southern China. This early variety produces short cylindrical fruits that mature to about 6” long by 3-4” in diameter. They are sweet and mild with succulent flesh. This gourd is has heat and stress tolerant.
  • Warm season annual
  • Approx. 75-110 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
  • Maturity: Approx. 80 days
  • Planting season: Late spring to early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 4-6' apart. On each mound plant 1-2 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest or leave to sprawl on the ground.
Germination
Temperature
Seed
Depth
Seed
Spacing
Row
Distance
86-90°F 1" 12-18" 48-72"
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use hairy melon as a substitute for zucchini. To retain best flavor, do not overcook. Cut into chunks for steaming, stir frying, soups or braising. Stuff hollowed melons with meat and bake.
 
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