General Discussion 5

Huang Gua

chilibeanpaste | Dec 20, 2010 05:52 AM

Would someone kindly enlighten me on the Chinese veghetable called Huang Gua? Fuchsia Dunlop I believe calls it both a type of gourd and a cucumber in her books. From all my searches on the Internet it appears to be a cucumber and definitely not a gourd. However is hunag gua a distinct variety of cucumber that is not available in the West. Several seed companies lead you to one cucumber variety called 'Lucky Dance' which looks like an old fashioned cucumber. A google image search brings up shots of several varieites of cukes but they don't say which is the Huang Gua.

http://www.kitazawaseed.com/

Check out their cucumber section.

Another company has the following:

http://rareseeds.com/chinese-yellow-c...

Or this:
http://rareseeds.com/suyo-long-cucumb...

Or this:
http://rareseeds.com/poona-kheera-cuc...

If someone has experience with huang gua I would be grateful to learn something about it - taste difference, texture and why it is not grown in North America.

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