Ridge Gourd (Turai)
Ridge gourd is an elongated gourd with dark green skin, lined with evenly spaced ridged peaks, that taper at each end. They can be harvested when young, around 15 to 25 centimetres long, but average 30 to 40 centimetres in length and 5 to 7 centimetres wide. Ridge Gourd is tender; the bright white flesh has spongy texture and offers a silky, subtly sweet flavour when cooked. As it matures, the skin becomes tough and bitter and the flesh becomes fibrous and woody.