Ingredient Name: Fuzzy melon, hairy melon, fuzzy squash
Traditional Chinese Name: 节瓜 (jié guā) or 毛瓜(máo guā)
What is this?
- A variety of winter melon that is more lean, long and is distinguished by it’s hairy exterior
- Pulp is beige/white in color with seeds that run parallel to its body
- Used in soups, dishes and stews (more commonly than its cousin, the winter melon)
- It is an extremely common and staple vegetable in Cantonese cuisine
How do I prepare it?
- Rinse in warm water first
- Peel skin
- Cut into large cubes (for soups)
Where can I buy this?
- This is available in most Asian supermarkets
- It is also available in most (if not all) Hong Kong wet marts
What is the cost
- 1 medium-sized hairy melon costs around $6 HKD
- Helps detoxify the body
- Excellent for neutral soups for children
- This type of melon tends to go sour when cooked and left too long from consumption (ie: boil soup and leave overnight)
- Best when consumed immediately after cooking