Snake gourd is a tropical or subtropical vine, which is cultivated for its fruit. The fruit, which resembles a snake, is used as a vegetable.
Other names for snake gourd include serpent gourd, chichinga and padwal. The snake gourd is a common vegetable in south and south east Asia.
Basic information and facts
Highest production in south and south east Asia.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Snake gourd is a long vine. It is often grown climbing on trellis.
Big white frayed flowers.
The leaves are edible.
The long slender fruits, which look like a snake, can be up to 1.5 meters long. Unripe fruits are green with white stripes. Ripe fruits turn orange.
Climate and weather:
Snake gourds grow in tropical and sub tropical climates.
Snake gourd is grown from seeds.
Fruits are harvested by hand picking before they turn ripe. Ripe fruits are bitter.
The unripe fruits are used as a vegetable. They are often used in curries. Also the shoots and leaves are sometimes eaten as a vegetable. Roots and seeds are sometimes used as medicines.