Winter melon

Benincasa hispida

  • Winter melon
  • Winter melon
  • Flower name
    Winter melon
  • Scientific name
    Benincasa hispida
  • AliasWinter melon, 冬瓜, Benincasa hispida, カモウリ, wax gourd, wax gourd, 加毛宇利
  • Place of originJava Island, India
  • Place of floweringField
  • Flowering seasonJuly, August, September

What is Winter melon

Winter melon, scientific name:Benincasa hispida, is an annual vines grass and vegetables of the Benincasa genus ,of the Cucurbitaceae Department native to India and Java Island. Countless blooms yellow flowers in summer. However, the flowers come to fruition, so is a typical example of the "dustbin". In addition to vegetables and fruit, vines and leaves stir fry. Have a diuretic effect and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Not much taste, but in China topping, stew, soup, steamed, and vinegar, and medicinal material.

Common name: winter melon, scientific name:Benincasa hispida, origin: India, Java, life type: thick vine annual grass , Stem: tendrils, leaves: palmate with 5-7 cut, Monoecious and flower color: yellow, petal number: five, flowering: summer, fruit: berries, fruit shape: oblong, fruit length: 30-50 cm, fruit diameter: 20-30 cm, pericarp color: green, flesh color: white, harvest time: July-August Applications: in addition to vegetables and fruit, vines and leaves to stir fry. The seeds are diuretic, antiphlogistic (traditional Chinese medicine), taste: tasteless, how to Cook: topping, stew, soup, steamed, vinegar, medicinal


  • Eye
    Cucurbitales
  • Family
    Cucurbitaceae
  • Genus
    Benincasa
  • Species
    B. hispida
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Monopetal inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Vase-shaped
  • Leaf type
    Palm shape
  • Edge of the leaf
    Serrated
  • Life typeAnnual vines grass, vegetables
  • Flower colorsYellow
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height300.0 ~ 1000.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower8.0 ~ 10.0 cm

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