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Melon - Hairy

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    Hairy Melon is a vegetable native to Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines.  It looks like a zucchini covered with fuzz; however, while zucchini is a type of squash, fuzzy melon is a gourd. has a very mild taste, while the immature fruit is sweet. It's often compared to the taste of cucumber, with a refreshing, almost grassy flavour.

     Hairy melon is used in a number of dishes such as soups and stir-fries, and is also stuffed and steamed. The fuzz needs to be removed before using; removing the seeds is optional and will depend on the preparation. The melon has a bit more flavor than zucchini with a subtle, slightly sweet taste. The soft, fleshy interior absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients it is cooked with.