Shark Fin Melon

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Helen Leung, Sep 18, 2002.

  1. Helen Leung

    Helen Leung Active Member 10 Years

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    Hiya,

    I got these seeds from another gardener back in May. He said it was supposed to be a winter squash. Well, it's clearly not.

    Has anyone here heard of this "shark fin melon"? And what the latin name is?

    The vine is about 20ft long by 3ft wide! (I'm just glad my neighbour hasn't complained about it yet! lol)

    I've cut it open and it's has white flesh and seeds. It looks very similar to a winter melon from Chinatown. One of my friends said it actually falls apart like a speghetti squash once cooked. Anyone else tried this melon?

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  2. Helen,
    I have the same in my garden here in London, UK. The "sharp fin" squash soup is delicious, but you have to spend a lot of effort to cut the squash - the skin is so hard that you need a very sharp chopper.

    Regards,
    Daniel

     
  3. greenlover

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    Hi Helen : Thanks for the shark fin melon seeds
    sure will get back to you to let you know how i do next spring greenlover
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Cucurbita ficifolia.
     
  5. Celia

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    You can make wonderful jam with this squash.
     

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