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Wax gourds are vining plants that produce large, round wax-covered fruits. Originally from Southeast Asia, the species is grown in many lowland tropical environments up to 1,300 m in elevation. The long vines may be trained along trellises or up buildings where they produce fruit. Fruits are eaten raw when picked young, or used similar to pumpkins when larger. Tender vine tips and seedlings discarded from plant thinning operations may be boiled and eaten as a vegetable. The seeds, like pumpkin seeds, also may be fried and eaten.

Wax Gourd

This is the generic variety of Wax Gourd or Wintermelon.

Large Fruited


'Large Fruited' is a variety of wax gourd that was selected for plants that produce especially large fruits.


Round variety about 15 cm (6 in) across. 

Upland Mix

Produces a large, green edible gourd about 46-61 cm (1.5 to 2 ft) long.