Winter melon, also known as ash or wax gourd, is a mild-tasting fruit related to cucumbers that can grow immensely large: as long as three feet and over 50 pounds! These melons have a similar flavor to watermelon rind or cucumbers with a mild and grassy finish. It is a versatile ingredient that is used for both savory and sweet dishes. Sweetened winter melon is a popular flavoring for drinks, candies, and pastries. Winter melon soup with pork is a traditional Chinese dish that is soothing, comforting, and an essential part of winter cuisine.
Due to its enormous size winter melon is cut and sold in pieces. Each order contains a small fraction of a whole melon.