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Opo Squash


  • Opo Squash is actually not a squash, but a gourd. Its many names include "Long Squash" (particularly in Canada), and "Snake Gourd". It is narrow, and anywhere from 15 to 90 cm (6 to 36 inches) long, and 7 1/2 to 30 cm (3 to 12 inches) 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.


  • Opo squash is extremely low in calories and provides small amounts of vitamin C, folate, calcium, iron, zinc and B vitamins: It is also rich in fiber and is believed to help aid in healthy digestion. The juice of Opo squash is touted for its vitamin C and zinc content as well as for its ability to potentially regulate blood sugar levels. In India the juice is popularly consumed as a health benefiting beverage, caution should be used however as to not ever consume Opo juice that has developed a bitter flavor as it may contain toxins that can be extremely harmful to the digestive track and can cause ulcers and even be fatal.