Stuffing Cucumber
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Stuffing Cucumber
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Stuffing Cucumber, Achocha, Caihua, Caygua, Cayua, Korila, Wild Cucumber • Hindi: मीठा करेला Meetha karela • Manipuri: ꯅꯦꯄꯥꯂꯤ ꯀꯥꯔꯣꯟ Nepali karon • Nepali: बरेला Barela
Botanical name: Cyclanthera pedata    Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)

Stuffing Cucumber is a vine grown for its small fruit, used as a vegetable. The leaves are 4-5 inches wide and divided into several lobes. Flowers are small, pale green. It produces a pale green, semi-flattened fruit resembling a cucumber that is 4-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. The immature fruits may be eaten raw or pickled. The young shoots and leaves may also be eaten as greens. The mature fruit are also prepared as stuffed peppers; stuffed with meat, fish or cheese and then baked - earning it's name "Stuffing Cucumber."

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

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