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Ash Gourd (Pumpkin)

Also Known As : White gourd, Winter gourd, Ash pumpkin, Winter melon, Green pumpkin
Technical Name : Benincasa hispida


Taste Profile

It has a sweet taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Ash Gourd (Pumpkin) can be used to make a candy called ‘petha’.
  2. It can also be used to make many types of curries, vegetable dishes and soups.
  3. It can be used to prepare certain fruit drinks also.

Common names and forms

  1. Ash Gourd


Ash Gourd (Pumpkin) is a large fruit which has a oblong shape, smooth or finely ribbed rind and a light yellow or greenish flesh. It develops a wax like structure when it matures. It was originally grown in Southeast Asia.

Health benefits

  • Ash Gourd (Pumpkin) is beneficial for treating bleeding disorders and is helpful for diabetics.(1)
  • It has antidiarrheal properties which provides relief from constipation.(1)
  • Ash gourd pulp is effective to heal burns.(1)
  • Ash Gourd (Pumpkin) has antioxidants which can inhibit gastric mucosal damage.(1)

Selection Guide

Look for a ash gourd that has a smooth and firm rind. It should be free from blemishes.


People suffering from asthma, bronchitis and cold should not consume ash gourd. Obese people should consume ash gourd in minimal doses.(2)

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