The unique Tinda squash melon gourd is indigenous to India. The round, light green fruit weigh only 3 to 4 ounces at harvest. The hairy 4' long vines flower within 30 to 35 days, and the smooth fruit is ready to pick 2 to 3 weeks later.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 30-40 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. 58-60 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 late spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1' 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. May need hand pollination. Harvest fruit when young and tender.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Used in India and Pakistan. Cook with curry or serve with eggplant, peas, potatoes or other vegetables. Also can be pickled, candied, and seeds can be roasted.