Ash Gourd, Wax Gourd, White Gourd, White Pumpkin
Latin name: Benincasa hispida Thunb.cogn., B. cerifera
Sanskrit/Indian name: Kushmanda
Winter melon is used to produce a fruit drink which has a very distinctive taste. It is usually sweetened with caramelized sugar. In Southeast Asia, the drink is widely marketed as winter melon tea or winter melon punch.
It is also an ingredient in some savory soups (sabaw) and stir-fries (guisado).
It has also been used as the base filling in Chinese and Taiwanese mooncakes for the Moon Festival.