Winter Melon | Dong Gua 冬瓜

Common Chinese Name: 冬瓜, Dong Gua

Common English Name: Winter melon, wax gourd

Common Form: Large melon/squash with either a snowy light green or waxy dark green skin and white flesh in the center with tan seeds. They are usually sold in slices because they are huge. 

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, bland

TCM Energetics: Slightly cold

Meridian Affiliation: Lung, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Bladder

Nutritional Science:

  • Nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B & C

TCM Benefits:

  • Promotes urination, benefits UTI, painful urination, and urination difficulty
  • Clears heat and hot flush, quench thirst
  • Relieves irritability
  • Benefit diabetic patients
  • Helps with weight loss

Cooking Suggestions:

    • Cut off the tough outer skin, remove inner seeds, and the fluffy part around the seeds (compost or discard) 
    • Stir fry, stew, add to soup
    • It can also be made into a sweet beverage called "dong gua cha" 冬瓜茶

Notes and Safety:

  • Generally, it is very safe if consumed in moderation
  • Best suitable from April to September
Written by Five Seasons TCM
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