Other names: Mao Gua, Hairy Melon, Fuzzy Gourd, Hairy Cucumber, Ho Bak, and Bi Dao,
Availability: All year.
Source: Asia and the United States.
Handling Tips: 45-50° F. Keep cool and dry. Do not mist
General Information: This unique squash is covered with a very thin layer of tiny white erect hairs that lend this squash its name; however, the "fuzz" is easily removed and does not play a role in the mild, sweet cucumber like flavor. This squash is little brother to the Chinese winter melon.
Applications: It has a refreshing delicate flavor and is often included in stir-fries and soups. It can be stuffed with shrimp, pork, bamboo shoots, bok choy, and onions and mixed with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.