Every year my mother grows the fuzzy melons in our garden. The “fuzzy melon” name likely came from the silvery fine hair on the young melons. Fuzzy melon also called, wax gourd, white gourd, winter ground, Chinese preserving melon, is a vine grown for its very large melon eaten as a vegetable when mature. The immature melon has thick white flesh that is sweet when eaten. When mature the melon loses its hairs and develops a waxy coating, giving rise to the name wax gourd, and providing a long shelf life. After harvest she would keep them in our basement and would kept well for months. The melon may grow as large as 80 cm in length.
Fuzzy melons, watercolor with paper cut on Arches 90lb rough paper 22”x28”