Ash gourd (Benincasa hispida) also known as white gourd, winter melon or fuzzy melon. It is an annual vine trailing on the ground. Ash gourd is grown for its flesh fruit, immature fruit is cooked as vegetables. Ash gourd has several medicinal properties as it contains low calories, it is good for diabetic patients. It grows well in warm, humid tropical climates. Ash gourd thrives on all types of soil but loam, sandy loam and clay loam are best suited for its cultivation.