Trichosanthes cucumerina var anguina
This early ripening prolific variety is pest resistant and produces over a long season. The dark green and white striped fruit are 1" in diameter and grow up to 12" long. Popular in Indian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian cuisines.
- Warm season annual
- Maturity: Approx. 55-60 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
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Cultivation: Requires a long, warm growing season. Prepare fertile, well drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. The seed coat is hard and should be soaked in warm water for 24 hours or lightly scarified before sowing. 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, straighter fruit and ease of harvest. Snake gourd flowers during daylight hours. May need hand pollination to set fruit Harvest young tender fruit before it matures to retain its tenderness.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use in curries. The shoots, tendrils and leaves can also be eaten as greens.