Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Vernacular Names: Indian round gourd, Indian baby pumpkin.
Botanical Name: Praecitrullus fistulosus
Specimens From: India
Specimens Weight: 90 gm [3.2 oz] (average wgt per fruit)
Tinda, commonly known by its Punjabi name, is native to India and it is popular in the surrounding countries near India in South Asia but virtually unknown elsewhere.
Tinda is firm and round with a slightly flattened shape. Size is usually smaller than a green apple. It is green ranging from pale to dark green. As in most gourds, there are numerous flattened seeds but it is edible.
So how does it tastes like? No, this fruit is not consumed raw. Tinda is always used, when in its unripe stage, as a cooking vegetable. It goes well with several Indian and Pakistani cuisines. It is also great for pickles. On its own, it tastes bland and slightly sourish but with all the spices and curries thrown in, it tastes great.
Take note that this is "tinda" and it is NOT "tindli". Both have similar sounding name from different regions or languages which add to the confusion but it is an entirely different fruit.
Tinda; Indian round gourd; Indian baby pumpkin; Praecitrullus fistulosus; Cucurbitaceae.
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