Trichosanthes cucumerina

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 Trichosanthes cucumerina subsp. var.  Club gourd, Serpent cucumber, Snake gourd
Trichosanthes cucumerina
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 8 ft to 20 ft
Width: 5 ft to 10 ft
Lifespan: annual
Exposure: sun
Features: edible, fruit
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USDA Zones: 10 to 12
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Trichosanthes cucumerina is a tropical or subtropical vine, raised for its strikingly long fruit, used as a vegetable and for medicine. Other names include snake gourd ( Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina ), serpent gourd, chichinga, and padwal.

The narrow, soft-skinned fruit can reach 150 cm long. Its soft, bland, somewhat mucilaginous flesh is similar to that of the luffa and the calabash. It is most popular in the cuisine of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The shoots, tendrils, and leaves are also eaten as greens.



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