Kundol


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Now known to any locals, Kundol or White gourd, ash gourd or winter melon is popularly one of the favorite vegetable and often eaten as candies by many Filipinos. It is featured in a wild held local song Bahay Kubo.

This fruit vegetable is a pulpy, oblong gourd with waxy skin much like with Upo (bottle gourd), with as many seeds in the center but the flesh is drier and this has been added traditionally in soups. Eventually Kundol is always a candy for the children in the Philippines. The process of candying this fruit is just so simple. Cut ash gourd into half, remove skin and seeds, then cut the flesh into long, fat wedges. Drain these, then sundry approximately in three days. When dry enough, mix in white sugar and put on a thick bottomed pan to cook, stir constantly. This will moisten in awhile but will harden again when thoroughly cooked. Commercially this candy are usually whiter and harder than home-cooked ones because of the lime additions of it in a larger process.