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Opo Squash

Opo Squash is actually not a squash, but a gourd.

It is narrow, and anywhere from 6 to 36 inches (15 to 90 cm) long, and 3 to 12 inches (7 1/2 to 30 cm) wide.

It can curve in on itself, or be stout and plump.

The skin can be yellow to green. It has a hard skin, that stays tough after cooking.

Inside, it has white, firm flesh with seeds in it. It will have a mild taste when young, getting bitter as it ages.

Its subtle taste, like zucchini, needs something with it to make it interesting.

Choose firm ones, with no blemishes and the stem still attached. Younger, smaller ones are sweeter and more tasty.

Cooking Tips

Peel before using; you don't eat the skin. If the seeds are large, discard them.

Slice in half, scrape seeds out with a spoon. Peel, then use as per recipe.

Use as you would zucchini for soups, stews, frying or stir-frying.

Stays firm and holds its shape when cooked.


1/2 cup, chopped and cooked = 100g

Storage Hints

Store in a plastic bag in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

History Notes

Opo Squash is native to the Mediterranean (particularly Italy), though it's grown in Asia as well.

Language Notes

Called "Cucuzza" in some parts of Italy, though that may also be used as a general term for squash.


Bitter Melons; Fuzzy Melons; Gourds; Luffa Gourds; Opo Squash

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Also called:

Bottle Gourd; Calabash Squash; Cucuzzi Squash; Long Melon; Long Squash; New Guinea Bean; Snake Gourd; Suzza Melon; Tasmania Bean; Zuzza Squash; Lagenaria siceraria (Scientific Name); Dudhi, Lauki (Indian); Yu Gao (Japanese); Hu Lu Gua, Peh Poh, Woo Lo Kua (Chinese)


Oulton, Randal. "Opo Squash." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 June 2004; revised 26 June 2009. Web. Accessed 05/21/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/opo-squash>.

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