'To prepare it traditionally, get half a piece of lumpia wrapper, top with a strip of tikoy, add a piece of sweetened winter melon
and a very thin strip of fresh pork back fat.
Stuffed Sea Cucumber with minced pork, Szechuan style, represents the gift of life; Poached dried scallops coated with winter melon
symbolize the opening of new horizons; while lobster is regarded as the Dragon of the Sea and represents energy and spirit.
In chef Jordy's edible version, dehydrated and sweetened upo (bottle gourd) sprouts from "soil" made of finely ground mani (peanuts) and talong (eggplant) and covering a buried treasure of buko (young coconut), sitaw (winged beans), kamatis (tomato), candied kundol (winter melon
), pureed kalabasa (squash) and a dozen other produce.
Traditional flavorsmonggo, black monggo and baboy (pork), kundol (winter melon
)remain the bestsellers although Holand, in keeping with changing tastes, now also makes pineapple and ube versions.
Then to be cute while slyly trying to bag a sweetheart deal, order the Jade Mushroom in Melon and Turnip Ring because with this dish, the humble kundol is pronounced as the worldly winter melon
and comes in the shape of a heart, with a filling of savory mushrooms.
Fyffes is the largest importer of winter melons
into the US and it also has a significant presence in the banana and pineapple category.
Hard-rinded and less aromatic winter melons
, such as honeydews and casabas, are ready to eat in late summer and fall.
Squash are a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which consists of more than 800 species and is populated by such relatives as gourds, watermelons, cucumbers, winter melons
, cantaloupes and gherkins.
Thick twine stop 160lb Chinese winter melons
falling and crushing gardeners working below.